Roberto Mancini knows there is no room for error as his Manchester City side look to launch a Champions League salvage operation.
City are facing the very real possibility of premature elimination from the competition for a second successive season after collecting just one point from their opening three Group D games. They now host the Ajax side that beat them 3-1 in Amsterdam a fortnight ago looking for a victory to at least breathe some life into their misfiring campaign.
The task is made harder by a host of injuries with Joleon Lescott and James Milner the latest additions to a casualty list that includes Micah Richards, David Silva and Maicon. Mancini said: "We have this problem with some important players injured but when you have this problem, it is a time that all the players can put more on the pitch. This is the last chance for us."
Copyright (c) PA Sport 2012, All Rights Reserved.
Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: https://www.givemesport.com/writeforgms