Despite the disappointing result against Ajax, two wins could still be enough to keep City’s dream of qualifying for the last 16 but the manager wasn't interested in talking fairy tales.
“It’s finished,” was his diagnosis, “I always believe in my team but now I think it is very difficult.
“If we win two games, get eight points and go through, we can win the Champions League, it’s simple – if our destiny is this then we should win the Champions League.
“We had a chance to win in the Bernabeu but we made some mistakes, against Ajax away it was the same, we didn’t play well but we took the lead and had two chances to score the second goal but we didn’t take the chances.
“It was the same thing tonight, but it’s finished.”