Today they go to German champions Borussia Dortmund who, along with Real Madrid, have already qualified for the knockout rounds leaving City and Ajax to aim for a Europa League place instead.

Roberto Mancini on the eve of tonight’s clash against Borussia Dortmund in Manchester. Pic/AFP

City must beat Dortmund and hope that Jose Mourinho’s Real can prevent Ajax from a victory if they want to keep their European ambitions alive. “We will try, but we need to win in Dortmund and it will not be easy because Dortmund are in a good condition. But there’s the EPL and Europa League if we can go in it, and also the FA Cup. The season is long and important,” said Mancini.