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Manchester City vs. Ajax: 6 Things We Learned from Sky Blues' Death Rattle

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Manchester City vs. Ajax: 6 Things We Learned from Sky Blues' Death Rattle
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How far is City from being ready to contend in the Champions League? About this much.

Manchester City's Champions League run effectively ended at the Etihad against Ajax. City's two points after this result leave them at the bottom of Group D, two points behind Ajax.

Most troubling is that the four points Ajax have all came at City's expense. Ajax lost the other two games they played against Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund (i.e., the two teams City must beat to have even the slightest chance to advance to the knockout stage). Not likely, since Borussia Dortmund (eight points) and Real Madrid (seven points) both have huge leads over City and both have a game against Ajax still to play.

So even though the doctor has yet to turn off the ventilator, it is probably wise to accept that City's Champions League hopes for this go-round are dead. What follows are the takeaways from the bitter end.

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