After defeating 10 men Bayern Munich, Manchester City have perhaps opened a lifeline in Group E. Although Manchester City still amount five points and are on par with AS Roma and CSKA Moscow, the Sky Blues would be looking to capitalize this opportunity to maximum. City started the game on backfoot as Bayern dominated proceedings, but a Sergio Aguero penalty – following a Mehdi Benatia challenge which resulted in a red card, put the hosts ahead. However Bayern were quick to counter and a Xabi Alonso free kick goal followed by a Robert Lewandowski header, put the visitors 2-1. Manchester City made a dramatic comeback in the dying embers of the game as Sergio Aguero, scored a brace to put Manchester City ahead 3-2. Manchester City’s gaffer Manuel Pellegrini was all praise of the blistering Argentine.
“I have always said before this night that Sergio is one of the best players in the world, one of the best strikers. He played today very well, but I think the team played very well especially in the second half. When we concede at the end of the first half it is very difficult, but we work, we press and finally we make the chances for Sergio.” said Pellegrini
I am sure that this kind of victory it gives a lot of trust to the whole squad, at his moment that is important. We will see what happens in the last game. If we have a mathematical chance we will fight to the end.
Manchester City conceded two goals even after taking an advantage of a goal and an extra man.
“We cannot concede two goals in every game that we play, it makes it very difficult to win. But during half time I told the players we have 45 minutes more to score our goals, but we must fight to the end to continue in the Champions league. That’s why I think the second half has double merits because not only did we beat Bayern but also we didn’t fall down with our spirit. This team is never beaten and they work to the end to win.”
“I don’t think this was the most dramatic game of my career. It was a very important game to continue in the Champions League, maybe the way we did it was very emotional but not dramatic. For me I always trust that this team in the end can do this sort of things, I am very proud of them”
Now Manchester City have to defeat AS Roma on the final match day of the group stages and even though their hopes would be tied to CSKA vs Bayern Munich, Manchester City would be looking to dish out a stellar performance once again.
“We have to do our duty, it is important in these two games, we have won the first one, now we have to try and beat Roma away, and we also depend on what happens between Bayern and CSKA. But it is important that we do our duty and we see what happens in the other game”