‘City’s European exit can be a title boost’


Manchester City’s dismal exit from European competition is not an embarrassment and could boost the big-spending club’s defence of the Premier League title, according to manager Roberto Mancini. City’s haul of just three points from six games was the worst performance by an English club in the Champions League group stage with Mancini’s men finishing bottom of Group D and failing to qualify for the Europa League as well. Newspaper headlines on Wednesday spoke of City as “The Worst Ever” and dubbed them “320 million pound flops”. Mancini saw a silver lining in Tuesday’s 1-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund, however. “Clearly this can help us win the Premier League because we don’t play in the Europa League,” he told reporters.