Champions League: Ajax 3-1 Man City - Man City v Ajax


Roberto Mancini, Manager Manchester City

Champions League: Ajax 3-1 Manchester City
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After a disappointing first half, Mancini decided to switch to a 3-5-2 formation early in the second half following Niklas Moisander's headed goal for Ajax in Amsterdam.

Christian Eriksen's deflected shot earned Ajax a second goal.

"I think that Ajax played better than us," Mancini said. "They played better football. Probably it's my fault. I didn't prepare the players well for this game. I take the fault for this defeat.

"I prepared one way, it was different. For this reason[we lost. We didn't underestimate Ajax, but when you prepare a game, you think it could be one way, but it's a different game.

"I think that we had more chances to score, and in Champions League you need to score, when you don't play well. After Dortmund, I said I knew what was wrong, but also we had a lot of players injured, but it's my fault and I take all this."

Mancini stated that his only ploy is to "run and score".

"We changed for five minutes when we wanted to have one player in the hole. We changed only for five minutes, but on the pitch we are always 11 players.

"Before we conceded two goals. I don't think this is important. Three, four, five, six, seven. If someone wants to make this excuse, OK, but this is not important. When you play you should be strong: the tactic is one - run and score."

"I think that it is difficult to qualify, very difficult. There are one team with seven points, one with six, one with three. It should be a marathon like last year.

"I don't think it will be difficult to recover. We play football, we can play bad game like tonight, we can lose the game, but the season is long."

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