Following Manchester City’s exit from the Champions League last week Manuel Pellegrini has said that it would be a “disaster” if the team missed out Champions League qualification for next year.

The team is currently fourth in the Premier League but are just one point ahead of Manchester United. The team face Arsenal later today and a win is essential in order to secure qualification.

Despite the fact that this was the first time that has Manchester City reached the Champions League semi-finals the team has come under heavy criticism for its performance against Real Madrid.

Paul Merson, the ex-England International, has described the second leg of the semi-final as the worst performance he has ever seen. He felt that the team didn’t put enough into the game and thinks they have squandered an excellent opportunity to reach the final.

However, Pellegrini described the exit as “unlucky”. He admitted that his team lacked creativity but said that neither side deserved to progress. He said that in both matches neither team had many clear chances and Real Madrid’s goal was very lucky.

Furthermore, Pellegrini said that the team was missing David Silva and with Yaya Toure coming back from injury it meant that they didn’t have “many creative midfielders that could make the difference”.

Overall the team has left many disappointed this season despite winning the Capital One Cup with a penalty shoot-out victory over Liverpool. If they don’t manage a top three finish in the Premier League then their overall achievement is sure to leave them devastated.

After this week’s clash with Arsenal, which is sure to be a tough match, the team will play Swansea City in the last week of the season where they will hope to qualify for next year’s Champions League.