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Manuel Pellegrini: The Champions League is a target in the future


Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini says his ambition is to win the Champions League but admits it will not be easy.

The Citizens were again second best to Barcelona on Wednesday night with goalkeeper Joe Hart producing a number of brilliant saves to keep the score 1-0 for the Spanish giants.

But the Chilean wants Europe's most prestigious competition to be a target for his players next season.

"To try to win the Champions League is a target in the future," Pellegrini is quoted as saying by the BBC.

"If Barcelona eliminate you, it is not the end of the project and that is the way to think.

"Every team that wants to be a big team must win the Champions League. It is not easy to win it.

"Real Madrid went 32 years without winning one, Barcelona 32 years, a lot of big teams ... so it is difficult."

Asked about the Premier League and his future, Pellegrini explained: "It is not a disaster. Only Chelsea have been better. We will keep on fighting.

"But in England we have very strong teams and all can be champions every year. It is not easy to make the double. Of course, all of us want to win the title every year.

"I don't think it is possible to do it. But it is possible to fight until the end.

"That is the only thing in my mind.

"I have been here less than two years. Last year we won the league and a cup. That is not easy. Everyone in England is strong.

"Every manager, when they have not been winning, is under pressure. It has happened with Liverpool, Arsenal, now me.

"In Spain, the same has happened with Carlo Ancelotti and he has won four titles."

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