City were embarrassing! No passion, no graft, no team-work… Mancini's men slammed over limp Champions League exit
11:54 GMT, 5 December 2012
Dortmund 1 Manchester City 0
City fail to make Europa League cut – Read John Edwards' match report from Germany
Manchester City have been accused of embarrassing themselves in the Champions League by not trying to win against Borussia Dortmund last night.
Roberto Mancini heads in to Sunday’s Manchester derby in the Barclays Premier League under real pressure after City became the first English team to fail to register a single win in their Champions League group.
Last night’s defeat in Germany left City bottom of their group with just three points and left them without even the consolation of a Europa League spot.
Down and out: Manchester City reflect on their dreadful European campaign in Dortmund last night
Now City have been accused of failing to earn their big wages by, among others, their former midfielder Didi Hamann.
The former German international, who played for City between 2006 and 2009 and won the Champions League with Liverpool in 2005, said: 'Sometimes if you pay these players big wages it takes the edge off them.
'This is not the first time this has happened to City.
'Anyone can have a bad game but if you have six bad games in Europe – like they did last year – and then six more this season then you have to question their will to win.
'Have they got the will to go the extra yards for their team mates Too often, if it gets tough, they don’t want to go the extra yard.
'If you do that in the Champions League you get found out.
'It’s a tough group but this borders on embarrassing, to get so few points.
Under pressure: Roberto Mancini was powerless to stop City's 1-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund
'City really don’t have the conviction to play in this league. They had 14 international players used during this game.
'These are the players the manager wanted. You expect better performances than this.
'The gulf between them and Dortmund looked very big.
'Borussia rested some of their top players. The players who came in for City all cost a lot of money. The Borussia players didn’t.
'I saw one team that had the will to win and one that didn’t.
'If I didn’t know beforehand what their position in the group was I would have thought that Borussia had something to play for and City didn’t.
'It was a very disappointing performance from start to finish, apart from Joe Hart.
'Clearly, as Joe Hart said afterwards, things are not right in the camp.'
Mad Mario: Striker Balotelli (right) screams in frustration during the defeat in Germany
City began last night’s game needing a win to qualify for the Europa League while their opponents had already qualified for the next stage of the main competition.
Despite that, Hamann and fellow SKY TV analysts Glenn Hoddle and Ruud Gullit, were shocked by what they saw from Mancini’s players.
Gullit, who won the European Cup with Milan in 1989, said: 'The managers takes the responsibility when you win and when you lose.
'If the intention was to get out of playing in the Europa League then City did a great job.
'If their intention was to win to get in to the Europa League then they made a fool of themselves.
'It was dreadful. There was no team at all.
'I didn’t see anybody getting mad or angry or even looking like they wanted to do it.
'It was such a bad performance. Even though they didn’t want to play in the Europa League, at least they could have made an effort. At least do something.
'They bought a lot of players for their name. I don’t think they bought players for other reasons.
'I don’t see the reason they bought Maicon. Maybe someone can tell me that.
'They had some good players and they sold them.
'Mancini said after one defeat this season that he knew what the problem was and he would fix it.
'That’s what he said. I have not seen that he has fixed it. I just see them playing worse and worse.
Down and out: Dortmund's Julian Schieber (right) scores the decisive goal past Joe Hart (left)
'There are lots of things that don’t bode well in this team. If they don’t win on Sunday then they have real problems.
'When things are going wrong it’s the ones that don’t play that cause the problems.
'That is the danger of what’s happening to Man City.'
City were due to train in Germany this morning before flying home to Manchester ahead of their Sunday clash with Sir Alex Ferguson’s United. If they lose at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday they will be six points behind their rivals.
Former England coach Hoddle claimed last night that Mancini’s players don’t understand how to implement the Italian’s tactics.
Hoddle said: 'It concerns me in Europe how City don’t work hard to win the ball back or show passion.
City critics: Blues' old boy Dietmar Hamann (left) and former England manager Glenn Hoddle (right)
'There is no pressure on the ball. There is nobody giving information. They are playing as individuals.
'Top teams like Barcelona play together and go after the ball together. Man City can’t give teams that much space and time in Europe. If they do they will continue to get picked off.
'They have good players when they have the ball. When they have the ball they want to work and want to have the ball and make an effort.
'But they need to work hard all the time. If they don’t improve this will happen in Europe every season.
'I think Mancini has to look at himself in terms of both sides of the coin – attacking and defending – when you play at this level.
'He went in to a back three in the second half and that is fine. But the players don’t look drilled. They don’t look as though they know what they are doing.
'The full-backs, for example, are getting caught and the full-backs of the opposition are therefore coming on nice and free.
'If you go to playing that system it looks to be causing City a problem.
'They have to be drilled about how they are going to win the ball back in that system and then in the normal system that they play.
'There have to be some questions aimed at the manager and the staff a little bit.
'Are the players switched on to whatever system they are being asked to play I would question that.'