Ex-Arsenal man Gervinho compares Manchester City to Chelsea

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Gervinho is set to face Manchester City on Wednesday, as Roma look to end the Premier League club’s Champions League campaign.

City head into the game on the back of an upturn in fortunes, looking to secure their passage to the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Following their incredible 3-2 comeback victory over Bayern Munich in the last matchday of the European competition, the Manchester club have since won three consecutive Premier League games, moving to within three points of league leaders Chelsea. However, whilst the Citizens are now back in with a shot of reclaiming the Premier League trophy, the Champions League remains the real goal for those at the Eithad - and many are dreaming that this could be the year that brings the trophy back to the blue side of Manchester.

Ever since their first participation in the rebranded European Cup, City have been handed extremely tough draws due to their lack of history in the competition. Seeding rules have seen them qualify from their group just once in the last three years, and they have had to face such luminaries as Real Madrid, Ajax and Bayern Munich - the latter in three separate years.

With the desire to win the Champions League exceeding any other at the Etihad, the club are set to fight with their all to overcome Roma on Wednesday evening - with a win likely to take them through to the knockout stage - and Giallorossi forward Gervinho believes all the pressure is on City to win.

Talking to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the former Arsenal man said: “On Wednesday, the pressure will be on them [Man City].”

The Ivorian international continued, comparing the current City mentality to that shown by Chelsea before they won the European Cup in 2012.

“They are obliged to win,” the 27-year-old added. “They remind me of Chelsea before they won the Champions League.

“They're strong, but until they win a trophy it is more complicated. The cup is what their owners want, and for this they have more pressure to win.”

Chelsea suffered years of despair before finally claiming the European Cup in 2012, after the miraculous run that saw them overcome a manner of obstacles on their way to the trophy. Whilst City may suffer defeat at the hands of Roma on Wednesday - knocking them out the competition - they should look to the example of Chelsea, knowing that the trophy can be won regardless of the situation.

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