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Europa League: Manchester City won’t go all out for the win

Roberto Mancini says Manchester City must not panic in tonight's Europa League last 16 match with Dynamo Kiev.

City lost 2-0 in Ukraine last week, leaving them in a vulnerable position this evening.

Rather than desperately chasing the deficit, Mancini would rather City played their natural game and avoided the defensive errors that caused their defeat at the Lobanovsky Stadium last week.

“I was disappointed in Kiev because it's unusual that we concede a goal like that,” Mancini said. “I think that we should play our game, we don't try to concede a goal, this is very important. It's not important that we score after five minutes or after half an hour.

“It's important that we play as a team, that we play very strong, that we don't concede anything to Dynamo Kiev, because Dynamo Kiev is a squad that play counter-attacking.”

Kiev's counter-attacks were often orchestrated by Andrei Shevchenko, who rejoined Dynamo in 2009, 10 years after he left them to join Milan.

The 34-year-old scored the first goal last Thursday and troubled City throughout with his movement.

“Shevchenko seemed to be leading by example”, said Vincent Kompany. “He was not just captain because of what he achieved in the past, he was one of the best players in their team.”

Kompany said that City might have underestimated Kiev last week.

“I just think, we've been caught by surprise, we've not really dealt well with the conditions there,” he added. “None of us had expected Dynamo Kiev to be such a good team, but we know what we're up against. So there will be no surprises tomorrow.”

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