Updated: Sunday, 12th July 2020 @ 9:02am

'It'll be a miracle to qualify': Mancini takes blame for Manchester City's hopeless Holland horror

'It'll be a miracle to qualify': Mancini takes blame for Manchester City's hopeless Holland horror

By Chris Bailey

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini claims he is to blame for his side’s Champions League loss to Ajax.

Samir Nasri had put the Blues ahead midway through the first half, but the Dutch champions fought back courtesy of goals from Siem De Jong, Niklas Moisander and Christian Eriksen to seal the 3-1 win – their first of the group.

And Mancini insists it was his lack of preparation that leaves City trailing behind Borussia Dortmund – who now lead Group D after beating Real Madrid – by six points.

“They played better than us, they played better football,” said the Italian.

“It was probably my fault because I prepared badly for this game, I didn't prepare the players and I'm at fault for the defeat.

“When you prepare for a game sometimes it is different to what you expect.

“We played a bad game. We had a few chances to score but the players didn't really play well.”

With a trip to Dortmund in store as well as a visit from Mourinho’s Madrid, one point halfway through the group stage is a position that City are not expecting to progress from.

Mancini added: “It’s very difficult. There’s one team with seven points, one team with six and one with three.

“It will be a miracle.”

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