Manchester City take on Ajax in the Champions League tonight in a match that they must win if they are to stand any real chance of qualifying from the group. City have secured only one point from their first three games in Europe this year, including a 3-1 defeat against Ajax in Amsterdam. Gareth Barry said the team were determined to claim their first victory.
"The manager after the Ajax game, obviously everybody was disappointed but he has still installed us with the belief that if we win all three games then we can go through and as players we believe in that too. While it is still possible for us to qualify then that is our target, that is our aim and we start tomorrow night against a good Ajax team, we are going to try and get the three points and go from there".
City boss Roberto Mancini has been facing reports that he was considering managing Monaco at the end of last season. He demanded that the focus returns to the football.
"I do not understand why you continue to ask me why, last year, last month, this has finished, why? For which reason? Why do you continue to ask me why last you had the other chance to go. I stay here because my work is here. I work for two years I build with the chairman, with the owner this team, we won three trophies in two years. For fifty years we did not win anything, never. Have some respect for the people sometimes, I do not understand why you continue to ask me this, why ?."
Arsenal are also in action tonight against Schalke, looking to avenge their 2-0 defeat at the Emirates last month. The Gunners also lost 2-0 to Manchester United at the weekend in a tepid display, and manager Arsene Wenger has vowed the team will improve.
"What is the most important is that we find our game back. Our game is about creating chances, about going forward, about having an offensive drive and that at the moment is a bit missing. So the most important is forward. I believe I have a team of great players at the moment, we forget it a little bit how good we are. That is the most important that we play a game with our enthusiasm, with our desire to create chances and enjoy our game, more than about do we concede a goal or not, but it is the most important."
Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna said that despite last month's setback against Schalke, the Gunners are still looking to top the group.
"When we are playing football we have some pride, we want to finish first. We always want to win (the) maximum (of) games and finish first, it is a big challenge, it would mean we are the best in the group and as the players we always want to be the best and it will mean to play against the team who will finish second it this group. But at this stage of the competition every single team is good. So we have to keep focus on our team and we have to look forward if we want to win something. We just have to keep going and work hard."
Elsewhere in Europe, AC Milan host Malaga, whilst Real Madrid play Borussia Dortmund at the Bernabeu.
Written and presented by Alfred Joyner