Harry Redknapp on what Manchester City need to win the Champions League

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Manchester City qualified for the knockout stages by topping their group.

Former Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp believes Manchester City must keep their better players fit in order to have any chance of winning the Champions League, he told BT Sport.

City qualified for the knockout stages by topping the so-called group of death containing Italian champions Juventus, Europa League winners Sevilla and Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach.

It wasn’t easy, and City’s campaign began with a 2-1 defeat at home to Juventus. However, strong results against Sevilla and Monchengladbach did the job and topping the group was all so important.

Discussing what they must do in order to have any chance of winning the competition, Redknapp feels they can’t buy anyone in January and their best hope lies with keeping their better players fit.

“They need to keep players fit, they need a bit of luck,” Redknapp told BT Sport.

“They need Aguero playing, they need to keep Silva fit, and they need Kompany back in the team as well as Zabaleta. Where are you going to find a striker in January? There is no one about.”

City’s problems haven’t been scoring goals this season, it’s their frailties without Kompany at the back that have been the issue.

After keeping five straight clean sheets at the start of the Premier League campaign, Manuel Pellegrini’s side have kept just two since – shipping 16 goals in their last 10 league matches.

While they have an abundance of attacking ability, without a reliable defence the Citizens will find it almost impossible to advance when they face the likes of a free-scoring Barcelona or Bayern Munich side.

After topping the group, City’s potential last 16 opponents don’t look half as daunting as they would had they finished second, yet they could still draw French champions Paris Saint-Germain.

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