Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has said that he believes that his side are bigger than local rivals Manchester United, according to the Guardian.

United, who have been been dominant in English football for the last 20 years are in 7th place in the Premier League, 15 points off the top of the table with City only being three points off Chelsea, who currently occupy the position at the summit of the league,

The Champions League represents the only trophy United can realistically hope to challenge for this season, with them facing Olympiakos next week whereas City are competing to win four trophies.

"If we consider only this season, Manchester City is the only big team in Manchester," Pellegrini told a press conference on Monday on the eve of his side's last 16 first leg at home to Barcelona.

"But we can't forget what Manchester United did in the last years. This season the club wants to fight for titles and continue to grow and give us time to develop a playing philosophy."

Pellegrini's comments came only a day before his side's second round first leg tie against reigning Spanish champions Barcelona.

City are likely to have midfielder Fernandinho back from injury but won't have star striker Sergio Aguero as he is still injured and not in the match day squad.

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