Pellegrini: Manchester City Will Fight in Champions League to the End


Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has promised his team will fight to the end to keep their Champions League hopes alive.

City host Bayern Munich in a crucial clash on Tuesday knowing anything but victory could effectively end their hopes for another year.

Pellegrini's men have claimed just two points from four games in Group E and will be eliminated if they fail to beat Bayern and there is a winner in the game between CSKA Moscow and Roma.

Scenarios do exist where City could progress without beating the Germans but they really have little margin for error.

City began the campaign with high hopes in the competition and looking to build on last season's progress to the last 16. Their failure to make any apparent headway has brought criticism and scrutiny of Pellegrini but he remains confident in his players.

Pellegrini said: "I don't think there is an extra pressure (on me).

"I think it is important for this club to try to continue in Europe because it is one of our targets, to improve every year and on what we did last year.

"Tomorrow we will see the team fighting until the end to continue in the Champions League and I hope we can do it."

Pellegrini claims he takes no notice of the people who have already written off his side.

The Chilean said: "I don't know who those people are who don't believe what we can do. I am sure this team – and me personally – have a lot of trust that we can do it.

"We will see tomorrow after the game what happens. I hope we will continue having chances to the last game."

City have also looked labored in the defense of their Barclays Premier League title and currently trail leaders Chelsea by eight points.

Victory over a Bayern side already through to the last 16 might not only revive Champions League hopes but provide impetus for the rest of the season.

Pellegrini said: "(It could have) an important impact. Nobody in the whole team is happy the way we have played this stage of the group.

"We have tomorrow, our last chance to try to win this year, to beat Bayern Munich and continue to have chances to go to the next stage."

Bayern also have a number of injuries and are likely to field an under-strength team given that their place in the knockout stage is already assured.

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