Register Login Live

International

Pep: City Can Win The Champions League

David Silva and Sergio Aguero are both in line to feature for Manchester City in the Champions League against Bayern Munich tonight.

It is a daunting task for City, who slumped to defeat against Aston Villa at the weekend, and will now have to lift themselves against the most powerful squad in European club football, if they are to keep their dream of making it out of the group stage alive.

Both Silva and Aguero have been out injured, but their availability could prove vital against the Bayern juggernaut at the Etihad, where manager Manuel Pellegrini insists he will set City out to win.

“For me it was very important to win the first three points we played against Viktoria Plzen. The second thing is to try and win our points here at home. Bayern are a very strong team but we are also in a very good moment,” the Chilean said ahead of the game.

“We never think about a draw. Of course if we cannot win, it is better to draw than lose. We will go from the first minute to try and win the three points.”

Bayern boss Pep Guardiola has warned that if City do make it out of the group stage for the first time, they must be considered dark horses to win the entire competition.

Citing the performance of finalists Borussia Dortmund last season, Guardiola says City have what it takes to be considered dangerous European outsiders.

"In the last years they have made big steps forward – they won the Premier League, they won titles,” Pep said of City.

“This year would be the first time to qualify for the knockout stages. If they get through they will be one of the toughest teams in the next round.

"Like Dortmund last season, it was the first time they qualified [for many seasons]. I have the same feeling it can happen. City are one of the biggest clubs in Europe – they didn't get through in the last two seasons but I am 100% confident they will get through.

"I know some of their players, [David] Silva, [Alvaro] Negredo and Yaya [Toure] – incredible squad, played very well so far. [The match] will be a big test for us."

Meanwhile, Guardiola has refused to take Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s bait, after the smouldering Swede again accused him of cowardice over the way he was dropped for Lionel Messi when he played under Pep at Barcelona.

"This is not the time or place to discuss that,” Pep said of Ibra’s scorn. I might talk about it in the future but not today."

Read: City Cruise To Away Win

Read: Champs Start With Win

Read: Ibra Lashes Pep Again

Pep: Our Best Performance So Far

Ribery Dedicates Win To Pep

15 comments

Top 5

Insiders Give Positive Motshwari Update

42 Oct 12, 2021 11:42 AM in Orlando Pirates

Pictures: How Messi Celebrated First PSG Goal

6 Sep 29, 2021 08:28 AM in UEFA Champions League

Hunt, Middendorp Await Chiefs In Next 5 Clashes

32 Oct 12, 2021 04:49 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

Players Clubs Can Still Sign For Free

1 Oct 01, 2021 10:28 AM in International

Official: Topflight Coach Asks To Leave…

16 Oct 12, 2021 08:22 AM in PSL

13 New Players Appear On Newcastle's Shortlist

3 Oct 14, 2021 12:28 PM in English Premier League

Shuffle, Junior, Shabba – The Amakhosi Legends Car Collection

9 Oct 15, 2021 01:13 PM in Stars & Their Cars

10 Leading Free-Kick Scorers In History, Messi Closes In

Oct 14, 2021 07:26 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar/Mbappe Watch

Zidane Makes Newcastle Decision?

1 Oct 15, 2021 04:43 PM in English Premier League

New Bafana Concept Kit Made By Local Sportswear Brand

6 Oct 14, 2021 03:27 PM in The Best Of The Rest

Downs V City! All The Stadiums For Past 5 MTN8 Finals...

43 Oct 12, 2021 03:31 PM in MTN8 2021

BREAKING! All The Ballon d'Or Nominees Revealed

4 Oct 08, 2021 06:33 PM in Ballon d’Or

Malesela & Other Earmarked For Vacant Coaching Role?

6 Oct 12, 2021 10:10 AM in Siyagobhoza

12 Players Who Went Bankrupt

25 Dec 07, 2020 12:34 PM in World News