The Straits Times
Published on Nov 21, 2012

Man City's failures 'not normal', says Mourinho


MANCHESTER, United Kingdom (AFP) - Jose Mourinho says Manchester City's Champions League struggles are "not normal" and believes they will go out of the competition even if they beat his team on Wednesday.

City must defeat Madrid at the Etihad Stadium and then win their final Group D game at Borussia Dortmund to stand any chance of reaching the last 16, but Mourinho feels the game is already up for Roberto Mancini's men.

Beaten 3-2 by Madrid in their opening group game, the English champions have picked up only two points from their four matches to date and Mourinho says their problems in continental competition are hard to explain.

"I don't think it's normal when you're out of the competition at a very early stage," the Madrid coach said on Tuesday.