Nasri urges 'world-class' Manchester City to justify salaries

The Premier League champions are bottom of their Champions League group after four games and must now beat Bayern Munich to avoid a third group-stage exit in four years


Samir Nasri has urged this Manchester City team-mates to deliver in the Champions League and justify their “world class” talents and huge wages.

The Premier League champions are bottom of Group E, two points adrift of second-placed Roma, ahead of facing Bayern Munich and look to be facing a third group-stage elimination in four attempts.

Nasri said there would be no more excuses for City, who need a win on Tuesday, with the talent in their ranks and they must now prove they have learnt from past mistakes.

“We need to do something or otherwise next year it is going to be new players,” he told reporters. “That’s how we work when you play for a big team. You have to respond and show everyone you deserve to qualify.

“With the salary of every player and the level of those players, 90 per cent of the team is world class, then not to qualify [from the group stage] would be a huge blow for the club – and for us as well.”

“The thing in the Champions League is not just the talent, it’s not being a team, it’s the experience as well.

“We need to show we are smart players and to use what happened in the last couple of years to improve. We still have a chance and we need to take it. Now is the moment.”

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