Vincent Kompany still has Champions League dream

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Defeat to CSKA Moscow has left Manchester City's Champions League dreams in tatters, but one man has refused to give up hope of making it through to the knock-out stages.

That man is City skipper, Vincent Kompany, who insists he still believes his teammates have what it takes to take their place in the last 16 of european football's premier competition.

While Kompany's belief is admirable, the task at hand is a difficult one, and City will have to improve dramatically if they're to have any chance of stepping off the foot of group E, let alone sealing qualification.

Next up for Manuel Pellegrini's team is a visit from Bayern Munich, who have won all four group games to date.

Rounding off the group stage will be a trip to Roma, and Pellegrini's side know anything less than six points from the two games will likely see them dumped out of the competition at the first hurdle for the third time in four seasons.

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City welcomed CSKA to the Etihad on bonfire night for what had been billed as a must-win game for the home side, but things didn't go according to plan.

With just two minutes played the visitors were ahead and though Yaya Toure equalised, CSKA were back in front before half time and would hold on for a 2-1 win.

To make matters worse, Fernandinho and Toure picked up second half red-cards, meaning they'll both miss the visit of Bayern.

However, Kompany remains upbeat and said: ""Everyone will jump on the bandwagon. I go the other way. I believe in my team. I back everyone at this club 100% to turn it around.


The City skipper was also keen to point out that his team are relatively new to the Champions League, and expecting them to trouble the final stages is a big ask.

"Let's put things into perspective, we are not a club who has been there for 20 years and you don't just go from never playing in the Champions League to winning it.

"We are trying to put milestones down every year and so far we have been quite successful," he said.

For the last two seasons City have found themselves placed in a group alongside both Bayern Munich and CSKA Moscow, although Roma took the place of Viktoria Plzen this year.

Last year's campaign saw the Citizens pick up five wins from a possible six and progress to the last 16, where they fell victim to Barcelona, however, they're without a win in four attempts this time around and sit bottom of the group.

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