David Platt claims Manchester City are refusing to give up in their quest to secure UEFA Champions League progress.
City have left themselves with 'a mountain to climb' after struggling to get to grips with a fiercely competitive group that also includes Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Ajax.
A battling 2-2 draw with Ajax in midweek has kept their continental dream alive, but nothing less than maximum points from their final two fixtures will do - while they also require favours from elsewhere.
Elimination at the group stage of Europe's premier club competition in successive campaigns appears likely, but Platt insists no-one at the Etihad Stadium is throwing in the towel.
He said: "It's not mission impossible. It never is.
"It is mission impossible as and when, mathematically, you can't qualify for the Champions League.
"We have given ourselves a mountain to climb.
"But by quick maths we have got Tottenham and Aston Villa before our next game in the Champions League."