Manchester City must believe they can beat ‘one of history’s best teams’, insists Roberto Mancini ahead of Ajax tie

By Kim Richards

Roberto Mancini is encouraging Manchester City to go into tonight’s Champions League clash against Ajax with the full belief that they can take all three points.

The Italian boss acknowledged that the Premier League champions face a tough challenge, and a win tonight could put the Blues in a better position for qualification.

And with Edin Dzeko’s recent run of form, Mancini also faces a tough decision for his starting line-up.

“This group is very difficult, we started this group very well, but we know tonight will be a difficult game,” said Mancini.

“Ajax are a really fantastic football side, they have a young team, they play very well. They are one of the best teams in football history.

“Edin was fantastic on Saturday against West Brom and also every time he has played, he has started very well.”

City have taken just a single point in the group so far, after drawing at home to Borussia Dortmund and losing in their opening tie against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.

City captain Vincent Kompany has also acknowledged that it is a must win game for both teams.

“Ajax are a club of legends, they stand for a way of playing, they stand for what the game is about – the beauty of football,” said the Belgian.

“I have a massive amount of respect for Ajax, but obviously tomorrow is going to be a game for us where we need to win as much as they need to win.”

“We go into tonight’s game with a very positive attitude and with thoughts that we’ve had a good start to the season.”

“What counts is the result that comes tonight,” he added.

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