Champions League failure could lead to Man City exit, Nasri fears

Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri fears he and a number of his teammates could be forced out of the club if they don’t qualify for the next round of the Champions League, ESPN has reported.

City are bottom of Group E and without a win in their first four games, drawing two and losing two. The Premier League champions host Bayern Munich on Tuesday evening and travel to Roma on December 10, needing positive results from those games and the others played at the same time if they are to reach the next round.

Failure to do so could lead to a turnover in the squad, Nasri fears. “Let’s be honest, we need to do something or otherwise next year it is going to be new players,” he said. “That’s how we work when you play for a big team, a big club. You have to respond and show everyone you deserve to qualify.

“With the salary of every player and the level of those players, 90 percent of the team is 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,” the ex-Arsenal man added. “With the players we have, the owner gives us his trust, we have to return it in the Champions League.”

City lost to Bayern in Germany in their open fixture, draw with Roma at home and CSKA Moscow away after being two goals up, and then lost at home to the Russians in their last European outing.

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