After defeating Swansea City 2-1 , Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has turned his eye to the daunting encounter against Bayern Munich. The Chilean expressed his thoughts on Man City’s Champions League endeavors and labelled failure as unacceptable.
“I can answer your question after we’ve finished the group stage. If we don’t continue to the round of 16 then of course it is a step back but we have to play two more games and we will see what happens in those games and after that I can answer, not at this moment.” Pellegrini said.
“But of course, not only the owners but my own pressure to continue to the next round is an important pressure – more maybe than the owners. Of course I think we must be in the next stage. A lot of times you don’t reach the target you are supposed to do but that is the way to sit down and think about what happened. I repeat, I will do that after we are not in the next stage.”
“We have a stronger squad this year,” Pellegrini said. “Squad, not team.”
Meanwhile James Milner expressed his thoughts on the Champions League.
“A club like Manchester City needs to be in the Champions League,” said Milner.
“I think the international break came at a good time, obviously things weren’t going so well and hopefully we can get back on track and perform and hit the standards that we’ve set ourselves over the last few years. We’ve got a few injuries but we’ve got a good squad to deal with that.”
“It’s two games – win them both and we’re through,We can do that. We went to Bayern last year and beat them in their own backyard and it’s important that we get the three points.”
Manuel Pellegrini also expressed his thoughts on Pep Guardiola and the interest City has in the former Barcelona gaffer. Pellegrini said ““I cannot read what will happen in the future but I am sure that sometime he [Guardiola] will arrive here [in England], he will be a very important manager as he was in Barcelona and now at Bayern Munich. But it is impossible for me to know.””
Although Man City still reel with injuries to David Silva and co., Manuel Pellegrini believes substitutes like Scott Sinclair have to work their way up to the first team.
“We have a squad.
“Scott knows perfectly what his place is in the squad.
“He must work every day and the moment I think he is better than the players we have, he will have a chance. All the players have a chance to change the mind of the manager. That just depends on the way I see him or anyone works in the week.
“Maybe he had the chance also to go on loan at the beginning of the season. He decided to stay here. I don’t have any problem.” Pellegrini concludes.
Man City face a midweek trip to Bayern Munich and would be looking to upset the German giants.