Pellegrini rules out safety first approach to Champions League for Man City

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini will not set his side out in a cautious manner in the Champions League, the Metro has reported, regardless of the strength of the opposition.

City host holders Bayern Munich at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday and it was suggested at the pre-match press conference that Pellegrini could look to frustrate Pep Guardiola’s side and come away with a point. But the Chilean rejected the idea, insisting that City must go out and get on the front foot.

We never think about a draw,” Pellegrini said. “Of course if we cannot win it’s better to draw than lose but we’re not going to go onto the pitch thinking [of] a draw against Bayern. From the first minute we will go to win the three points.

I know Bayern is a very strong team but we’re also in a good moment and, hopefully, we can get the three points here,” Pellegrini added.

The former Villarreal, Real Madrid and Malaga Coach has vast experience of the Champions League, taking underdogs Villarreal to the semi-final in the 2005-06 campaign, and reaching the quarter-finals with Malaga last season despite the south coast club being dogged by financial complaints. Pellegrini will also be able to call on David Silva and Sergio Aguero after they sat out the defeat to Aston Villa on Saturday.

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