Manchester City’s dismal second Champions League season ended with further misery after defeat to Borussia Dortmund cost them a place in the Europa League.
The Premier League champions failed to seal any wins in the group stages, leaving them bottom of their group and missing out to Ajax for a chance to stumble into Europe’s second highest competition.
Manager Roberto Mancini expressed his disappointed at his side’s failure to win any of their games in their group.
“I don’t think we lost tonight, we lost last week [against Real Madrid] we lost before we went into this game, and we didn’t score, and if you don’t score you cannot win,” he said.
“Of course we wanted to get into the Europa League, we wanted to do well in Europe, but we could not score.
“In this moment we are disappointed that we haven’t qualified and we are disappointed we are not in the Europa League.
“I think last season we were better in Europe, but this season we had a difficult group and if you have a difficult group it becomes harder to progress.
“Borussia Dortmund went out in the group stages last year and now this year they are through, so we can take that into next season.”
But the Italian believes that City’s European heartbreak will only spur them on in the Premier League.
“It will hopefully help us in the Premier League for our upcoming games, it will not stop us in the Premier League and will allow us to focus on our competition this season,” added Mancini.
“Sunday will be different for sure, it will be a very tough game but we will recover some players."