Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has insisted that his side will not fear any team in the Champions League, reports Sky
City have confirmed qualification from the group stage, but look set to finish in second place behind Bayern Munich, who are three points ahead of Pellegrini’s side before they play each other on December 10.
Finishing second place will mean City are likely to face tougher opposition in the draw, but Pellegrini is not overly concerned. “Spain has strong teams, Barcelona and Real Madrid especially, but also Atletico Madrid are having a very good season,” he said.
“But I’m not afraid of who we are going to play in the next round,” Pellegrini continued. “It’s not a major problem. Anything can happen in two games. We have a strong squad.
“People might say it’s difficult for us to play against Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico – or Paris Saint-Germain are another team we could face. But all of them would not be happy to play against us. I trust this squad a lot so I hope they can continue in the Champions League.”
City have 12 points in Group D, with Bayern top of the group with 15 points. CSKA Moscow, on three points and Viktoria Pizen, without a single point, make up the rest of the standings.
The Blues are also six points off league leaders Arsenal in the Premier League, but have scored the most goals in the division this season with 34. City will be hoping to put on another impressive display at home after their 6-0 win over Tottenham last weekend as they host Swansea on Sunday.
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