Man City were again undone in Europe tonight by an Ajax team full of youngsters that played with passion and desire.
Unlike when the blues play in the Premier League, they lacked any real rhythm, and even the brilliance of Joe Hart was not enough to stop them succumbing to a 3-1 defeat.
Qualification for the knockout stages appears slim, as do their chances of making it into the Europa League, after Ajax’s three points here.
Roberto Mancini must find a formula for Europe fast, otherwise he is at a potential risk of the sack.
Man City fans should also remember, he was the man who had the Inter Milan team, leading them to no European success before ‘The Special One’ led them to the treble including the Champions League.
Unless City improve fast, the Premier League will be the priority again, and with Chelsea flying in that, 2013 could well be a long year for the boys from Eastlands.