Ajax 3 Manchester City 1 – Mancini under pressure after City slump in Amsterdam
Manchester City bowed out of the Champions League at the group stage last season and their prospects of reaching the last sixteen stage of the competition look equally dim this term after a 3-1 defeat at the Amsterdam Arena.
October 24th, 2012
Roberto Mancini will be criticised for an inept tactical strategy which saw the visitors take a 1-0 lead thanks to Samir Nasri’s goal before soaking up Ajax pressure and conceding on the stroke of half-time thanks to De Jong’s smart finish after a cross evaded the City defence.
The English champions came out all guns blazing in the second half, although Joleon Lescott failed to pick up Moisander and Ajax took a 2-1 lead in the 57th minute, with their advantage doubled in the 68th minute thanks to Eriksen’s goal.
By this stage, Mancini had substituted Lescott and brought on Kolarov, with Gael Clichy playing the sweeper role although the two goals knocked the wind out of City’s sails and the visitors failed to create many chances after that.
City are now bottom of Group D after taking just a point from their first three matches and simply must beat Ajax in their next Champions League game to stand any chance of making progress to the knockout stage.