Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini believes his team can overcome any opposition in the Champions League, Sky
An Alvaro Negredo hat-trick and two goals from Sergio Aguero gave City a 5-2 victory over the Russian visitors and confirmed qualification for the knockout rounds with two games to spare. City next play Viktoria Plzen at home and then travel to Bayern Munich, with the Bundesliga side also safely through.
Pellegrini feels that his team are a match for any other in the tournament, when they reach their full potential. “I think we can beat any side now, when we play at our best,” he said. “I think the most important teams in Italy, Spain and France are competitive, so we will see where we go now.”
The Chilean added that getting out of the group stage – the first time City have ever done so – was the club’s first target for the competition, but Pellegrini stressed he will not be content to leave it there. “We have a strong team and the minimum target was to qualify for the next round, but it is not our only target,” the manager added.
Pellegrini also expects the rest of the qualified teams to rue being drawn against City when the Champions League resumes after the winter transfer window. “We have a strong squad and we will see who we will play in February, but I can assure you that, whoever we draw, they will not be very happy to play against us,” the former Malaga boss predicted.
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