Manchester City are through to the last 16 of the Champions League after finishing second in their group behind Bayern Munich
The holders top the group thanks to their head to head record against the English side after City were only able to record a 3-2 victory in Germany, despite having chances to resign the Bundesliga champions to second.
But it seems that City could have finished top if manager Manuel Pellegrini had realised that his team were only one goal away from that target.
In an interview after the game the Chilean indicated that he thought a 5-2 scoreline was required rather than the 4-2 that would have meant they snatched the top spot in the group.
"It was important to be first in the group but not the most important," he told BBC Sport.
"It was difficult to score two goals."
Manchester City now enter the last 16 draw with the prospect of facing group winners such as Real Madrid, Paris St Germain and Barcelona in the first stage of the knockout round, which will take place early next year.
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