Mancini maintains hope

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Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini refused to give up on his side's Champions League hopes despite a shattering defeat at Napoli on Tuesday.

City must now beat Bayern Munich in their final Group A game next month and hope for a favour from winless Villarreal to progress to the knockout stage after losing 2-1 at the San Paolo Stadium. Highly-rated Uruguay forward Edinson Cavani struck both goals for the hosts either side of a Mario Balotelli equaliser on another tough European night for the Barclays Premier League leaders.

Mancini said: "I am disappointed about the result and I am sorry for the lads. I think we lost undeservedly. We played a very good match and we conceded two goals we shouldn't have done. There is nothing to explain, we are a strong team and we always play well, we always play to win. But occasionally you can lose matches, especially in the Champions League."

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