Samir Nasri accepts he and his Manchester City team-mates must start to deliver in the Champions League - or face the axe.
City will be eliminated from the Champions League group stage for a third time in four attempts tonight unless they beat Bayern Munich, who are unbeaten this season.
The Frenchman, 27, told several national newspapers: "Sometimes people say our team is a little bit old, that's what I read.
"A midfield player is in his prime at 27-31, 28-32, so I think it's the perfect age.
"And let's be honest, we need to do something or otherwise next year it is going to be new players.
"That's how we work when you play for a big team, a big club. You have to respond and show everyone you deserve to qualify.
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says his team will need to be changed for their vital Champions League clash with Bayern Munich.
The Chilean will be without Yaya Toure, Fernandinho, David Silva and Edin Dzeko, forcing him to alter his line-up.
Manchester City strikers Sergio Aguero and Stevan Jovetic both missed training ahead of the club's must-win Champions League clash with Bayern Munich.
The Premier League champions look set to be eliminated from the competition, having picked up just two points from four games, meaning the loss of the duo would be a significant blow.
City are already without the injured Edin Dzeko and David Silva, in addition to suspended midfielders Fernandinho and Yaya Toure.
If City were unable to win against the German giants it would be the third time in the last four years that the club were unable to progress from the group stages.
Yaya Toure has described the racist abuse he received on Twitter as 'a disgrace'.
Police are investigating after they received complaints that the Manchester City midfielder had received offensive messages on the social media site.
"For me it's a disgrace, to be honest. We need to do something to try to tell people those kinds of behaviour have to stop," Toure told BBC.
"I want those people to understand what they're doing is wrong."
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says midfielder Yaya Toure won't be affected over racial abuse received online, after police confirmed they were investigating.
Greater Manchester Police today said it was investigating "a number of complaints" regarding racist tweets directed at Manchester City footballer Yaya Toure.
Earlier on Tuesday, spokesperson for anti-racism group Kick It Out said: "We received complaints about two separate tweets of a racist nature aimed at Yaya Toure yesterday evening. We have informed the Police via True Vision, the online reporting facility, and have also alerted Twitter."
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Manchester City have told UEFA chiefs that wealthy benefactors should not be penalised under financial fair play rules for investing heavily in clubs.
City and Paris St Germain were each fined £49million for FFP rule breaches last season - and both clubs sent senior figures to a meeting chaired by UEFA president Michel Platini on Monday in Nyon, Switzerland, to discuss any changes to the rules.
City chief executive Ferran Soriano attended the meeting, as did PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi and it is understood both stressed their belief that sustainable investment should be permitted.
No decisions were taken at the meeting, which also discussed whether large debts carried by clubs such as Manchester United and Real Madrid should also be tackled more strongly by FFP rules. Currently, only the interest on those debts is viewed as part of the FFP calculation
Roma captain Francesco Totti has thanked Manchester City for giving him extra motivation to score on Tuesday.
The 38-year-old striker was reminded through City's official twitter account hours before his team's Champions League encounter at the Etihad Stadium that he had never scored in England.
So Totti made sure to put things right when he cancelled out Sergio Aguero's opener to earn Roma a 1-1 draw.
"City's tweet? It really brought me luck," Totti told the Gazzetta dello Sport. "It was a beautiful goal and a good performance.
"I really wanted to score as soon as possible as I had not found the back of the net this season.
"But above all, I am thrilled for my team because we have shown a lot of strength, which was not easy."