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Pellegrini: No Team Will Want To Face Manchester City Now

Manuel Pellegrini sang the praises of Manchester City’s strike duo, after they fired the club into the knockout stage of the Champions League last night.

Argentine striker Sergio Aguero became the club’s all-time scorer in Europe with his brace, taking his continental tally to 12 for the Citizens.

He has 13 goals in 13 appearances for the club this season, and his red hot form has made City many pundits’ favourites for silverware again.

His partner Alvaro Negredo is also hitting his straps for City, and was the star of the show against CSKA Moscow last night, bagging a hat-trick in the Premier League club’s impressive 5-2 win.

Together, Aguero and Negredo form a lethal front duo, and manager Pellegrini was suitably impressed.

"I think both of them have played really well not only today but the whole season," he said.

"For Sergio he is in a great moment, because he is not only scoring but his movement and his contribution to the team is important. Alvaro too. They have got the goals they deserve.

"It is important to have such quality of striker but for both of them I think it is important the way the team is playing and we are backing up their efforts brilliantly. In the past three days we have scored 12 goals and again, as a group, what we are doing is impressive.”

Pellegrini has already ticked an important box on his list of job requirements, by guiding City into the last-16 of the Champions League for the first time in their history.

And now that they are there, he is confident that they are ready to announce themselves on the biggest stage in Europe.

"We have a strong team, the minimum target is to qualify for the next round but it is not our only target. We have a strong squad, we will see who we will play in February, but I can assure you they will not be very happy to play against us," he said.

"I think we can beat any side now, when we play at our best."

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