Lescott admits Man City struggling with Europe’s elite

Manchester City’s hopes of reaching the knockout stage of the Champions League are now out of their hands after a disappointing 2-1 loss at Napoli on Tuesday night.

Manchester City’s hopes of reaching the knockout stage of the Champions League are now out of their hands after a disappointing 2-1 loss at Napoli on Tuesday night.

To progress City must beat group winners Bayern Munich at the Etihad Stadium and hope eliminated Villarreal can collect their first point of the competition against Napoli.

England international Joleon Lescott said: "It is out of our hands now but we have got to focus on that Bayern game, when it comes around, to do our part.

"We are obviously going to go into that game positive, we know it is a must-win.

"But we knew it wasn't going to be easy - we looked at the group at the start.

"Napoli and ourselves were two fresh (Champions League) teams but Villarreal and Bayern are established teams.

"There were no easy games and the first game proved that, Napoli at home.

"Even though we hit the bar a few times it was still an exciting game and a good one to watch."

Lescott's defensive partner Vincent Kompany, the City captain, agreed.

The Belgian said: "We were in by far the hardest group of this Champions League.

"We were in pot three or pot four, so we were never going to be protected.

"That is the reason why we are still fighting for this - it is a tough group."

 

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