Jesus Navas hopes Roma win can fuel European success

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Manchester City winger Jesus Navas is hopeful a win against Roma tonight could fuel the club's quest for European glory.

City travel to Roma with second spot in Group E up for grabs, and both teams will be desperate to progress, although CSKA Moscow, who take on Bayern, are also keen to sneak through.

A win or a score draw should be enough to see Manuel Pellegrini's side through and Navas is hopeful qualification from the group would be just the start of City's European adventure this season.

The Spanish international knows his team must first focus on the job in hand in Rome and he believes he's part of a squad enthused with quality.

Navas told Sky Sports: "We've got a good enough squad to be fighting on various fronts for silverware this season but first of all our minds are fully focused on the job at Roma."

Italian Job

Dreams of Champions League success could be put on hold for another year tonight should City come unstuck in the Italian capital, but Navas believes the right result could spur his side on.

"If we can get the result we need in Italy, then it can certainly be a springboard to further European success," he told Sky Sports.

The game will certainly be a tough one for City, who are without the injured Sergio Aguero and suspended Yaya Toure against Serie A's second-placed side.

"It’s the sort of game where we have to be very intelligent. This game will not be won or lost in the opening stages. We have to be aware of  that and play for the full 90 minutes," Navas observed.

"It’s a really tough game. It’s a tough ask going there to get a result.

"Roma, like us, have everything to play for so it’s about going there and being very smart about how we approach the game."


As well as the prospect of knockout-stage football, City will be spurred on by the memory of their last Champions League outing.

The famous Aguero-inspired victory over Bayern Munich is the reason Pellegrini's men are still in with a chance, and Navas explained how his team will use that result as inspiration.

The 29-year-old said: "We take a lot of heart from the Bayern game at the Etihad last
month. The fact we won in dramatic style has given us a huge boost in confidence going to Roma.

"We battled as a group right until the final whistle and if we can reproducethat over the coming games and months, it’s something that can take us even further forward."


Navas has thus far featured in all five of City's European fixtures this season, and will be hoping to making the starting 11 tonight.

The Spaniard is known for his electric pace, and it's pace that he feels can be the difference maker tonight.

"I expect the game to be cagey and tight and the pace we have in our attack could be a key weapon on Wednesday. We want to play at a very high tempo and if we can achieve that throughout, then that could be key to our chances of breaking down the Roma defence."

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