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Nasri salutes 'important win' as Bayern loom

Samir Nasri welcomed Manchester City's return to winning ways but immediately turned his thoughts to the step up required in the Champions League tomorrow night.

French midfielder Nasri shone as City came from behind to edge out Swansea 2-1 in the Premier League with goals from Stevan Jovetic and Yaya Toure at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

It was only the champions' second win in seven games in all competitions and provided a timely lift, even though in title terms it merely prevented Chelsea extending an eight-point advantage over them. Manuel Pellegrini's men now face a crucial home clash with German giants Bayern Munich tomorrow knowing they have little room for error.

City will exit the competition at the group stage for a third time in four attempts if they fail to beat Bayern and there is a winner in the game between CSKA Moscow and Roma.

Nasri said: "It was important to keep in touch with Chelsea, who look unbeatable at the moment. It was really important to win the game.

"It was a tough start, they scored an early goal, but we had a good reaction. We started to press high and play our game. It was good for the confidence as well because tomorrow we have a tough game. We are really lucky to still be in with a chance of qualifying because, with two points and two games left, normally you are out.

"Now is our chance. We have to take it and play with nothing to lose.

"We can take a lot (from this win) but a game against Bayern Munich will not be the same as a game against Swansea." City's recent problems, particularly in defence, looked to be continuing as Wilfried Bony celebrated signing a new contract by firing Swansea into a ninth minute lead.

City were sluggish early on but Jovetic levelled 10 minutes later when he got on the end of a wicked low cross from Jesus Navas. The pressure paid off just after the hour as Toure, hinting at a possible return to form, powered forward in typical fashion to drive home the winner.


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