Ahead of Manchester City’s clash against PSG, Manuel Pellegrini is intent on leaving the club on a high, with the Champions League trophy.
The Chilean manager is in the last year of his contract and is said to be replaced by top manager Pep Guardiola this summer, has told the players that he absolutely believes that they can win one of the highest honours in football.
City can reach the semi-finals for the first time by knocking out Paris Saint-Germain in tonight’s quarter-final second leg, though Pellegrini wants more than just the semis- he wants the trophy.
The competition itself is anyone’s as it stands, though it could be an easier run in if Real Madrid fail to pull back a 2-0 first-leg deficit against Wolfsburg in their tie and then Barcelona and Bayern Munich fail to hold on to their tight leads going into tricky away legs against Atletico Madrid and Benfica.
“If we arrive in the semi-final it will be a very important achievement but we will not be happy with that. We must play every game thinking that we are the best and that we can win this competition,” he said.
“It doesn’t matter against who we might play if we get through. It is important to feel you have the quality and capacity to be at the same level as those teams. We must play with passionate hearts but cool heads.”
He then added: “We are capable of qualifying but we need to play at a higher level than we did in the first leg. We will have to be outstanding in all areas to go through.
Vincent Kompany is NOT fit to play
although Yaya Toure is said to be returning from injury for tonights game, one player who will not be fit is City skipper Vincent Kompany. However, David Luiz and Blaise Matuidi are both suspended for PSG, giving the Manchester club a massive opportunity to capitalise.
Manchester City have endured a tough season as they currently sit 4th in the table- something which the fans will be disappointed with as Leicester City seem to be running away with the Premier League title. They will be keen to prove their worth and put in a good display tonight against PSG, silencing their critics.