Manchester City’s gaffer Manuel Pellegrini believes that his side has to fight to the very end in the Champions League. As it stands, Man City’s hopes of qualifying for the next stage of the Champions League hand by a thread. The Citizens face a daunting trip to German giants Bayern Munich, who would be looking to avenge their home defeat against City. After beginning the Champions League with high hopes this time around, City find themselves bottom of the group with just two points.
“I don’t think there is an extra pressure (on me).” said Manuel Pellegrini
“I think it is important for this club to try to continue in Europe because it is one of our targets, to improve every year and on what we did last year.
“Tomorrow we will see the team fighting until the end to continue in the Champions League and I hope we can do it.”
“I don’t know who those people are who don’t believe what we can do. I am sure this team – and me personally – have a lot of trust that we can do it.
“We will see tomorrow after the game what happens. I hope we will continue having chances to the last game.”
“(It could have) an important impact. Nobody in the whole team is happy the way we have played this stage of the group.
“We have tomorrow, our last chance to try to win this year, to beat Bayern Munich and continue to have chances to go to the next stage.”
Meanwhile, Bayern Munich also reel with injuries and are expected to field out an under strength side. Manuel Pellegrini still does not think that this would give his side advantage as he believes that Bayern already possess a huge talented squad.
“I think big teams have a squad and have other important names that play very well.
“I don’t think Bayern, because they have already qualified, will play in a worse way than they are doing so far. I am sure we are going to have a very tough game.”
Manchester City also are missing key player, with Yaya Toure and Fernandinho suspended, Silva, Kolarov and Edin Dzeko are set to miss the match due to injuries. Pellegrini meanwhile rubbished talks of injury to Aguero and Jovetic, both of which did not take part in the evening training session.
“Both of them, Aguero and Jovetic, are in the squad list for tomorrow. They have no problems for tomorrow night.
“They didn’t work normally because they have a small thing after the last game but nothing important.”
City and Bayern are meeting for the sixth time in four seasons and the fourth time since Pellegrini took charge last year.
Pellegrini said: “Against Bayern you have to play in a special way. We have faced them three times. We have won one and lost two games and we have approached the game in different ways.
“But I think it is very difficult to compare one season with another one. Last year they played very well here and won 3-1, but after that we went to Munich and won there.”