Mancini declares job is safe after a second consecutive Champions League failure
00:18 GMT, 22 November 2012
Roberto Mancini backed himself to survive another Champions League failure last night after Manchester City crashed out at the group stage for the second season running.
A 1-1 draw with Real Madrid consigned City to a straight fight with Ajax for a place in the Europa League, but when he was asked whether it might cost him his job, a surprised Mancini answered: 'No. Why Why I think the season is long. You have the Champions League, the FA Cup and the Premier League and if we think we can be champions of Europe after only two years, we are crazy.
'We need to improve as a team. We did some mistakes, but we are a good team. I don't have any fear about this. But I think this season's campaign has been worse than the last one.
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'It has been a very difficult group, but we only have three points after five games.
'We started with defeat in Madrid when we were 2-1 up with four minutes to go. After that, everything was complicated.
'But Madrid and Borussia Dortmund deserve to go through because they were better than us.
'We will still try to get into the Europa League. It may not be as big as the Champions League, but if you arrive in the semi final or final it could be important for us.'
Real coach Jose Mourinho stormed down the tunnel at the end without shaking hands with Mancini.
But he backed his City counterpart, saying: 'It is good that City are behind him and giving him support.
'But it is incredible that, with the array of great players at their disposal, City have been eliminated at the group stage two seasons in a row.'
City captain Vincent Kompany left the ground on crutches after suffering a leg injury.
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