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Mancini: Blame me

MANCHESTER CITY are on the brink of a humiliating Champions League elimination and troubled manager Roberto Mancini is ready to take the hit.

"BLAME me," he said after losing 3-1 to Ajax in Amsterdam last night before conceding that it will take a miracle to survive in the competition.

City languish in bottom place in Group D and face Ajax again at the Etihad Stadium in a fortnight before hosting Real Madrid and then travelling to Borussia Dortmund with just a single point to show for their efforts.

And Manchester City are now relying on a most unlikely set of results to have any chance of making it into the knockout phase.

"It is very difficult to qualify now," Mancini (left) said. "It would be a miracle. It is my fault. I didn't prepare well for the game and I take the blame.

"I thought in one way and it was different. When you prepare in one way and it is a different game, it is difficult."

Mancini threw every striker he had onto the pitch in a desperate attempt to grab a point but without any success.

"We had more chances to score and in the Champions League you need to score. It is my fault, I repeat," he said.