France midfielder Samir Nasri believes Manchester City are just getting started in Europe, after qualifying from the group for the first time in three years.
City are among Europe's elite when it comes to squad size and transfer budget, however Europe's elite competition has alluded them in the past, being knocked out of the group in each of the last two seasons.
However after crushing CSKA Moscow 5-2 at the Etihad Stadium this week, the former Arsenal midfielder recognises that the club have achieved the next step in its momentous development.
The France international told the Independent: "This is something that we really have wanted to do for the past three years and we did it, so we are very happy.
"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."
Nasri continued his impressive streak, following on from Saturday's 7-0 humbling of Norwich with stellar contribution against the Russian champions.
Goals from Sergio Aguero, and Alvaro Negredo's first Manchester City hat-trick was more than enough for their Group D rivals.
City still have two fixtures left to play in the group, but can now look forward to progressing to the next round for the first time in their history.
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