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Vieira: City can overcome the odds

atrick Vieira believes Manchester City can progress to the knockout stages of the Champions League despite being drawn in the 'group of death'.

Group D looks a throwback to the days of the old European Cup - it will pit the English champions against the champions of Spain, Germany and Holland.

And after Roberto Mancini's men were drawn against Real Madrid, Ajax and Borussia Dortmund, Vieira, City's director of football development, admitted: ''You can't get much worse than that, it's a really tough group, the hardest group of all of them.''

Yet Vieira believes that City, who failed to get out of the group phase last season, can progress and even go all the way to the final at Wembley next May.

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