Manchester City are bigger than Manchester United claims Pellegrini
City hoping to knock Barcelona out of the Champions League as they aim for the quadruple
February 17th, 2014
Manchester City are the underdogs to make the last eight of the Champions League after bring drawn against Barca, although Manuel Pellegrini is hoping that his team can produce a couple of perfect performances to demonstrate that they now the biggest club in the city.
For decades, the blue half of Manchester have been living in the shadow of United, with the Red Devils having enjoyed a glut of silverware under the stewardship of Sir Alex Ferguson although there are clear signs that the tide is now turning.
Sergio Aguero will be missing for Tuesday’s game against Barcelona although Pellegrini sounded upbeat when contemplating the double header against the Spanish champions and claims his team have the weapons to take down the Catalan side.
Pellegrini said: “If we only consider this season, there is just one club in Manchester and it’s ours but you cannot forget what United has done in the previous years.
“We are aiming to keep growing by winning trophies – not just national but international trophies. We are fighting for four titles this year. We have to be patient because you cannot change the team from one day to another. We have to keep the philosophy of the style and for that you need time.”
Pellegrini described the showdown with Barcelona as a “good test”, having finished second to Bayern Munich in their qualifying group despite an impressive victory at the Allianz Arena.
“It is a good test,” he said. “It is important. I don’t think it is the most important thing because we are just in the round of 16. We can beat Barcelona and maybe in the next round you can have defeat. This club is trying to develop those areas.
“So far we have a good season and we must finish that way. One or our targets is to continue in the Champions League knowing we play against [and beat] the most important club in the world.”