Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry has admitted that his side have struggled to cope with cream of Europe as the Premier League champions look set to depart the Champions League at the group stages for the second consecutive season.
Roberto Mancini’s men have only taken one point from their opening three games against Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Ajax, champions of Spain, Germany and the Netherlands respectively, and face the latter again at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday needing victory to keep their faint qualification hopes alive.
However, according to ESPN,
“It is quite clear we have not produced our best performances against the quality of opposition that are in the Champions League,” said the England midfielder.
“When it comes to these games when you’re not producing your best you get found out. That seems to be what has happened. You know what you will face in the Champions League, it is going to be a real high standard and a different style of football.
“We need to adapt to that a little better. If you don’t perform to the height of your abilities, the way you can play then you do get found out.”
City do remain unbeaten in the Premier League however as they continue their defence of their title and currently lie third, only two points off leaders Manchester United, after a 0-0 draw at West Ham in their last outing.
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