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Striker suggests CL semis for City

Sergio Aguero says City can go far in the Champions League

By | 11th September 2013

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has suggested that the Citizens can make the semifinals of this year’s Champions League. The Premier League runners-up have never gotten post the group stages of the Champions League in two successive tries under former manager Roberto Mancini, but will be looking to improve under new boss Manuel Pellegrini.

The Citizens went win-less during last season’s group stages, which was a sharp decline compared to the ten points they picked up in the group stages during the 2011/12 season. Their best European finish in modern history was the quarterfinals of the 2008/09 UEFA Cup, but Aguero insists that with luck they can get to the semifinals this year.

“The Champions League sometimes allows semi-surprises,” Aguero said of the Champions League, according to the Mirror.

“Dortmund were finalists last year and Roberto Di Matteo’s Chelsea in 2012. They were good teams and tactically well-organised, but were certainly not considered the best at the beginning. Now I can only think of Barcelona, as a semi-finalist at least, and then the usual sides -Real, Bayern, United – and ourselves.

“We had only a few experienced players and came up against very tough opponents – Bayern and Napoli – two years ago, then Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid and Ajax last time, which produced a finalist and semi-finalist.

“We have Bayern again this year, but we also play CSKA and Viktoria. Get past the first stage and, with luck, you can get to the final.”

City have been drawn in Group D of this year’s group stages and are second-favorites to advance from the group. Defending champions Bayern Munich are considered heavy favorites to progress, while Russian side CSKA Moscow will be City’s biggest competitors for the second spot. Victoria Plzen rounds out the group.

Pellegrini will likely find himself being judged for both his domestic and European performances, as one of the biggest criticisms thrown at Roberto Mancini was that the club under-performed in Europe, despite winning their first league title in over 50 years.

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