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Man City, Dortmund ready to clash

MANCHESTER -- Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho believes it is inevitable that Manchester City will win the Champions League one day but the more immediate concern for the English champions is winning their first match of the new campaign on Wednesday. Borussia Dortmund provide the opposition at the Etihad Stadium looking to build on their 1-0 victory over Ajax Amsterdam in their opening Group D match, while mega-rich City need to win after losing 3-2 at Real two weeks ago despite leading 2-1 with less than three minutes of normal time remaining.

Group D is the only one of the eight in the first stage comprising four reigning champions and City can ill-afford another slip-up if they are to avoid last season's fate when they failed to advance to the last 16.

Coincidentally they were also grouped with German opposition then, losing 2-0 at Bayern Munich last October before beating them by the same score at home on the night they were eliminated in December.

Striker Sergio Aguero told reporters after City beat Fulham 2-1 in the Premier League on Saturday that both competitions were of equal priority for the club.

"We can't choose between the two. We have to do well in the Premier League, we have to do well in the Champions League and the FA Cup."

City do not have to worry about the League Cup as they were knocked out of that competition by Aston Villa last week — their first defeat at home in any competition since January — and another home defeat to Dortmund would severely harm their chances of advancing in this far more prestigious affair.

Although they are still unbeaten in the league and sit fourth in the table, City have made a patchy start to the season, have rarely played like champions and had gone four games without a win before their victory at Fulham on Saturday.

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