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Manuel Pellegrini: Of course it's better not to draw Barcelona or Real Madrid


Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini was delighted after his side produced a brilliant performance in the second half of their 4-2 win over Borussia Monchengladbach.

The Citizens needed a win to keep their hopes of finishing first in the group alive and with Juventus suffering defeat at Seville, the Citizens know they will avoid tough opposition in the next round.

"If we play the way we did in the second half we can play against any team," Pellegrini said.

"It's the way we normally work – it's the way I like us to play.

"It seems like it's faster but it's slower.

"For me, the most important thing tonight, above finishing top of the group, is that we returned to being the team we normally are.

"We improved a lot in the second half – we arranged it and once we were losing 2-1, we didn't concede one chance. They haven't lost since they lost to us and they beat Bayern Munich so it wasn't easy.

"I think the hard work we did already – I always said the most important thing was to qualify and it's not easy to do it.

"After that it was important to finish in the top spot and we did it tonight.

"It's better to finish first but all important teams will be in Round of 16 – if you want to win the title you have to play against the biggest teams.

"I always use the example of when I was at Malaga - everyone wanted Malaga but we did very well – we won't have an easy match.

"Of course it's better not to draw Barcelona or Real Madrid at this stage but it's only one round we avoid them."

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