Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has issued a warning to the rest of Europe – claiming that his side can beat anyone in the world when they are at their best.

The Chilean witnessed an inspired performance by his forwards last night as City eased past CSKA Moscow at the Etihad Stadium to all but secure qualification from Group D.

Sergio Aguero had put the hosts 2-0 ahead within 20 minutes as they continued their rampant form following the 7-0 thrashing of Norwich City on Saturday.

But the Argentine was outdone by his Spanish strike-partner Alvaro Negredo, who completed his hat-trick in the closing stages of a 5-2 victory over the Russians.

“The minimum target was to qualify for the next round, but it is not our only target,” Pellegrini told BBC Sport.

“We have a strong team, 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 – no-one will.

“In the past three days we have scored 12 goals, and again, as a group, what we are doing is impressive. I think we can beat any side now, when we play at our best.”

The former Real Madrid boss has not yet given up hope of qualifying top of Group D either, although it will be a tough task with City requiring a victory at Bayern Munich in order to do so.

“We are going to try and be first in the group,” Pellegrini added. “We have to decide the group in Munich against Bayern.”

City host Czech side Viktoria Plzen at the end of November before their trip to last year's winners concludes proceedings on November 10.

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