Manchester City and Argentina star Sergio Aguero believes the Citizens have the squad to progress further in Europe’s premier competition after safely negotiating their way past the group stage for the first time in their history.
City had been bundled out of the Champions League twice before in the group stage, but it was a case of third time lucky for Manuel Pellegrini’s men as they have already qualified for the second round with two games to spare.
The Barclays Premier League player of the month for October has been in stunning form for Manchester City in Europe, scoring five times in four games and providing two assists, while his strike partner Alvaro Negredo has four goals and one assist to his name as well.
The two are largely responsible for City storming through their group with relative ease compared to seasons past, although there does remain the small matter of deciding who will finish first between themselves and group favourites Bayern Munich.
Aguero however, is not overly concerned by this and believes that they possess the quality and numbers to take on whomever City have to face in the next round.
“We’ve qualified from the group stages and hopefully we can go further,” he said while speaking to Manchester City’s official website.
“I think we have an excellent squad to progress in the Champions League but we know that it will be difficult. We will just wait and see what team we play in the next round and do our best to progress.”
Aguero also took the opportunity to pay tribute to City boss Pellegrini, whom he says is behind his sensational form so far this season. The Argentine forward has 16 goals in 14 games this season, and he says that the Chilean tactician continually encourages him to be at his best whenever he plays.
“He (Pellegrini) demands a lot of me during matches and in training. He encourages me to be at my best at all times. When your coach is like that, he gives you confidence and the only way to repay his faith in me is to show my best on the pitch.”
After City’s surprise defeat at the hands of Gus Poyet’s Sunderland last time out, Aguero and co have a chance to get their title charge back on track when they take on Tottenham at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday following the international break.
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