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Pellegrini: City will be feared

Created on Nov. 06, 2013 3:09 PM EST

Manuel Pellegrini believes his free-scoring Manchester City side will be feared in the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League.

City cruised into the last 16 for the first time with a 5-2 hammering of CSKA Moscow at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday night.

Pellegrini guided Malaga into the knockout stages last season and he has emulated that achievement in his first campaign with the English club.

Alvaro Negredo scored a hat-trick and Sergio Aguero struck twice as Pellegrini's side took their goal tally to 12 goals in their last two games, having thrashed Norwich 7-0 on Saturday.

City and reigning champions Bayern Munich have qualified from Group D with two games to spare and Pellegrini believes his side can be a match for anyone.

He said: "I’m very happy because this is an achievement the club didn’t do in the last two years – it’s not easy to do it,

"Two games before the group is finished and we are now in the last 16. It’s important for the fans, the staff, the players – everyone connected with the club.

"I don’t know if it’s a relief but it’s our first target for the year and I think to be in that stage is important for the club. I had a lot of trust that we could do it.

"I think that we have a strong squad and we’ll see where we can go in this Champions League.

"We will see what happens in the draw, we don’t know who we’ll play – but I am sure whoever we play won’t be happy to play against us."

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