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Sami Nasri warns teammates could face axe at Manchester City

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Samir Nasri has warned his Manchester City teammates they must improve in the Champions League or face being axed by the Premier League champions.

The Frenchman gave an honest assessment of his teams performances in Europe and challenged his fellow stars to start proving themselves to be 'world-class' players.

City sit bottom of Champions League group E with just two points from four games, and they need a positive result from tonight's clash with runaway leaders Bayern Munich.

With Roma and CSKA Moscow meeting in a 5pm kick off, City could be five points adrift of second place by the time they take on the German giants.

The best case scenario for Manuel Pellegrini's men would be a draw in Moscow but Nasri admitted his team can no longer rely on others, telling reporters: "I think we are really lucky we are two points behind with two games left and have a chance to qualify.

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"We need to take it now because we are not going to have any favours from anyone else any more."

Changes

City's star-studded squad have come in for criticism following a series of below-par performances in the Champions League, and Nasri believes it's not good enough for a team of such high-paid players.

"Let’s be honest. With the salary of every player and the level of those players, 90 per cent of the team is world class, then not to qualify from the first round of the Champions League would be a huge blow for the club – and for us as well," he said.

Nasri added: "And let’s be honest, we need to do something or otherwise next year it is going to be new players.

“That’s how we work when you play for a big team, a big club. You have to respond and show everyone you deserve to qualify."

Experience

Pellegrini is not the first manager to struggle with City in Europe, previous boss Roberto Mancini had little luck in the tournament - twice being eliminated at the group stage.

Things were on the up last season why they qualified for the knock-out stage for the first time, only to come unstuck against Barcelona in the round of 16.

While progression from the group stage represented undoubted improvement, Nasri doesn't want to look back, only forward, the 27-year-old said: "It’s forgotten and we need to use what happened under Roberto Mancini in the second year. We don’t want to repeat the same mistake.

“In the last three years I have been here we have won the league twice and been runners-up, but now we have to improve in the Champions League if we want to be a top club.

“It’s not enough to be top in your league if you don’t do anything in the Champions League. With the players we have, the owner gives us his trust, we have to return it in the Champions League.

“It’s the perfect scene to show we can compete with the best team in the world."

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