For the second successive season, Manchester City faces elimination at the Champions League group stage unless players who have failed to live up to their price tags can find a way to beat Real Madrid.

The underperforming English champions are last in Group D after collecting just two points from four matches.

City striker Carlos Tevez says ''we only started playing in the competition last year so you need a bit of patience ... we know it will be difficult but you just have to keep on fighting until the end.''

Real Madrid can advance with a game to spare by beating City. Real is a point behind leader Borussia Dortmund, which plays Ajax

Real star Cristiano Ronaldo will be playing in Manchester for the first time since leaving United in 2009.