BT Sport pundit claims Manchester City were timid in their Champions League exit

Rio Ferdinand

Manchester City failed to trouble the Real Madrid defence in what was a poor attacking display last night.

Manchester City will be disappointed with their timid exit from the Champions League at the hands of Real Madrid, according to BT Sport pundit Rio Ferdinand.

The Citizens did not manage a single shot on target for the whole match and Ferdinand told BT Sport how they didn't impose themselves enough on the game, as reported by Metro:

"If you’re going to go out, you want to go out all guns blazing, fighting. You want to think, 'Yeah we’ve given it all we’ve got, we’ve thrown the kitchen sink at it', and I don’t think they’ll be able to go home or into the changing room and say they’ve done that."

With their exit from European competition now confirmed, Manuel Pellegrini's men will be forced to re-focus on the Premier League and try to consolidate their top four position.

Champions League qualification for next season is by no means a foregone conclusion for City, who currently sit in fourth position, four points clear of fifth placed Manchester United, having played a game more than their rivals.

After experiencing such an indifferent domestic campaign, Ferdinand feels that the team will be devastated after getting so close to the Champions League final, but then not performing on the big stage:

"And that’s the real disappointing thing. They’ll wake up tomorrow and think, 'You know what. I was that close.' Just one game away."

City now have to face Arsenal on Sunday in a game that is hugely important for their Champions League aspirations. If the Gunners were to win at the Eithad, it is possible that the Citizens could head into the final game of the season outside the top four, and having to rely on other results. Who could have predicted that at the start of the season?

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