Manchester City playmaker Samir Nasri insists his side are just getting started in the Champions League after they qualified for the knock-out stages for the very first time.
City's comprehensive 5-2 home victory against CSKA Moscow last night leaves them second in Group D - three points behind leaders Bayern Munich - but with CSKA in third now unable to catch up.
The Citizens' failure to progress past the group stage in this competition in each of the past two season arguably cost former manager Roberto Mancini his job, but Manuel Pellegrini has managed to avoid the same pitfall in his first attempt.
While this marks a significant achievement in the football club's history Nasri has refused to rest on his laurels, instead insisting that City are just getting started.
"This is something that we really have wanted to do for the past three years and we did it, so we are very happy," he was quoted by the Independent.
"It's a big achievement for the club because this is the first time we've gone beyond the group stages, but there is still a long way to go.
"A club like Manchester City isn't just going to be happy reaching the last 16. We want to get as far as we possibly can in this competition.
"As a team we've progressed and, even if the past two seasons have been tough and we've had difficult groups, if we work as a team, we have time to get better and better because the next round isn't until February."
Pellegrini acknowledges the competition's strength but believes his side have nothing to fear going into the knock-out stages.
Asked if City could beat anybody, Pellegrini said: "I think so but, at this level, also every team can beat us.
"There are some important teams in Europe but I think we have a strong squad and we'll see where we can go in this Champions League."
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