Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini still hopeful of topping group

Juventus v Manchester  City Champions League

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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini remains hopeful his side can still top their Champions League group, despite watching them lose 1-0 to Juventus on Wednesday night.

The defeat in Turin leaves City two points behind the Italian side in the standings with both teams already having secured their place in the knockout stages.

The Citizens will host Borussia Monchengladbach in their final group match on December 8, while the Old Lady travel to Andalusia to take on Sevilla on the same night.

Pellegrini believes the Italian side will face a tough task in securing a victory in Spain and he remains confident that his team can still qualify as group winners.

He said: “The group is not finished. At the moment we must wait to see what Juventus do against Sevilla. It’s a very difficult game that they must play away from home. Sevilla must win that game if they want to continue in the Europa League so the group is not finished.”

City have now failed to win any of their last three matches in all competitions, but the Chilean believes they were unfortunate to leave the Juventus Stadium without the point that would have kept them at the top of the group.

He added: “We tried to dominate the game and I am not unhappy the way we played because this is not an easy team or stadium to come to, but it is not the result we wanted.”

The Manchester club are available at 3.50 to finish top of Group D, while Juve are a 1.28 shout to progress to the knockout stages in first position.

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