Glenn Hoddle: Manchester City are failing to learn their lessons in the Champions League.


Glenn Hoddle believes Manchester City are failing to learn their lessons in the Champions League and may struggle again to get out of their group.

The Citizens have picked up just one point from six in their opening two Champions League fixtures (Tuesday night`s 1-1 draw with Roma at the Etihad and the 1-0 defeat to Bayern at the Allianz Arena).

Manuel Pellegrini went with a 4-4-2 attacking system and Glenn Hoddle believes Manchester City cannot afford to take up such an attacking formation if they want to top their group in the Champions League.

Glenn Hoddle said: "It’s a body blow."

"They struggled tonight at home, but they have got to go away from home and get, I think, four points. They’ve got to get a win somehow away from home and maybe a point in Roma for them to come back.

"For me, at the moment, they do struggle in Europe. There’s a mental barrier there that they’ve got to pass. I notice they still play with two up. Maybe that's not a problem, but if you've got Toure in midfield in a four, you are going to be vulnerable.

"They created some chances and on another night they might have won that game, but Roma, for an away side, had too many chances.

"They have two up and don’t drop anybody in. They got outnumbered a few years back against Bayern and I don’t think they’ve learned their lesson."


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