Manchester City’s Samir Nasri believes that the Citizens must repay Sheikh Mansour’s faith in team, with a win against Bayern Munich. The Frenchman understands that if City fail to qualify for the Champions League, than the Etihad Stadium could witness some busy transfer activities in Summer.
“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.
“We need to do something or otherwise next year it is going to be new players, everything. 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.
“In the last three years I have been here, we have won the Premier 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 and everything, the owner gives us his trust, we have to return it in the Champions League. But the thing in the Champions League is not just the talent, it’s not being a team, it’s the experience as well.
“We still have a chance and we need to take it. It’s the perfect scene to show we can compete with the best team in the world.”
Manchester City are without some key player in their squad to face Bayern Munich, which include Edin Dzeko and David Silva.
“At the moment, we aren’t performing (well) in the Champions League and that is a reality. That is nothing to do with a comfort zone,” he continued.
“The manager doesn’t give anyone comfort in what happened last year. We need to show it (hunger) in every game, but most importantly in this kind of game.
We are a team that wants to win no matter what. We have a chance to play for a big club, we are treated the right way and sometimes as well it’s not good to talk too much, it’s better to talk with your feet.”
Meanwhile Bayern Munich’s Xabi Alonso, commented City’s performance in the Champions League, improving. He said ““It’s hard to tell from the outside, but of course you expect that any season City will make that impact in Europe,”
“So far they haven’t done it but I’m pretty sure that a big year for City in Europe isn’t far away. Because season by season, they try to improve.”
Manchester City face a must win encounter against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena.