Samir Nasri: 'Man City players may go if we exit Champions League'

Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri
Samir Nasri played in a Champions League semi-final for Arsenal in 2008-09

Uefa Champions League Group E - Many City v Bayern Munich

Venue:
Etihad Stadium
Date:
Tuesday, 25 November
Kick-off:
19:45 GMT
Coverage:
Live text commentary on BBC Sport website, full match commentary on BBC Radio 5 live

Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri says players may be replaced if his side fail to qualify for the Champions League knockout stages.

City are bottom of Group E, with two points from four matches and could be eliminated if they fail to beat Bayern Munich at Etihad Stadium on Tuesday.

"We need to do something or otherwise next year it's going to be new players and new everything," Nasri, 27, said.

City have never progressed beyond the last-16 stage of the competition.

They could suffer a group-stage exit for a third time in four years if they lose and either CSKA Moscow or Roma win in the other group match.

Manager Manuel Pellegrini led the Premier League champions to the knockout stages for the first time last season.

"Let's be honest, with the salary of every player and the level of those players, 90% of the team are world class, then not to qualify from the first round of the Champions League would be a huge blow for the club - and for us as well," Nasri told national newspaper reporters.

Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al-Nahyan and the Abu Dhabi ruling family have spent £750m on players alone since their August 2008 takeover.

But Bayern midfielder Xabi Alonso says City's European struggles show that financial might does not always bring success.

"There is no set formula where you are buying success," Alonso, 32, said. "Football is not mathematics."

Manchester City's recent European fortunes
2013-14: Champions League last 16 - beaten by Barcelona
2012-13: Champions League group stage
2011-12: Europa League last 16 (having finished third in Uefa Champions League group stage)
2010-11: Europa League last 16
2009-10: Did not qualify for Europe
2008-09: Uefa Cup quarter-finals

However, former Liverpool and Real Madrid man Alonso expects City's financial clout to translate to Champions League success eventually.

"It's hard to tell from the outside but of course you expect that any season City will make that impact in Europe," he said.

"So far they haven't done it but I'm pretty sure that big year for City isn't far away because season by season they try to improve."

City have drawn two matches, at home to Roma and away to CSKA, and lost two games in their group, and Argentine defender Martin Demichelis says the players are disappointed with this season's European campaign.

"We are not happy with our Champions League performances. We have a good squad and should do much better," he said.

As It Stood

A

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1Atl Madrid430110379
2Olympiakos420267-16
3Juventus42025416
4Malmö FF410329-73

B

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1Real Madrid4400112912
2FC Basel42026606
3Liverpool410326-43
4Ludogorets410338-53

C

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1B Leverkusen43017349
2Monaco41211105
3Zenit St Petersburg411234-14
4Benfica411225-34

D

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1B Dortmund44001311212
2Arsenal42119727
3Anderlecht402259-42
4Galatasaray4013313-101

E

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1Bayern Munich5401134912
2Roma5122812-45
3CSKA Moscow5122610-45
4Man City512278-15

F

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1PSG541094513
2Barcelona5401124812
3Ajax5023410-62
4Apoel Nicosia501418-71

G

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1Chelsea53201421211
2Sporting521211927
3Schalke5122814-65
4NK Maribor5032412-83

H

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1FC Porto54101531213
2Shakhtar Donetsk5221143118
3Ath Bilbao511336-34
4BATE Borisov5104222-203
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