Manuel Pellegrini insists
Manchester City are destined to
win the Champions League
despite their recent struggles in

According to Goal, City have been
eliminated at the last 16 stage in
the past two seasons, while they
were sent packing in the group
stages in 2011-12 and 2012-13.

But Pellegrini, who guided
Villarreal to the semi-finals and
Malaga to the last eight prior to
taking over at the Etihad, insists
he is confident City will eventually
become European powerhouses.

“We have played Barcelona in the
last two years and if we had
played Barcelona at Villarreal or
Malaga then maybe we wouldn’t
have gone so far,” he said.

“This is a very young team
compared with Barcelona, Real
Madrid, Bayern Munich or
Juventus. We are younger than
the teams who normally win the
Champions League over the last
10 years.

“Our team has only arrived in the
last few years and we are
improving every season.

“That will continue and I am
absolutely sure that we will arrive
to be an important team that
wins the Champions League.”

City, who were thrashed 4-1 by
Tottenham on Saturday as they
gave up top spot to rivals
Manchester United in the Premier
League, visit Borussia
Monchengladbach in the
Champions League on
Wednesday, but Pellegrini
maintains that his side will not
lose focus on their domestic
ambitions as they bid to achieve
European success.

“Being a strong team in Europe
must be our target but not at the
expense of the Premier League,”
he said.

“One fake game in the
Champions League and you can
be out, while the Premier League
is all about the work you do over
the entire year.”

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