Man City now bigger than Man United, declares Manuel Pellegrini

Manuel Pellegrini declares that Manchester City now consider themselves to be a bigger club than Manchester United

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Manuel Pellegrini took over from Roberto Mancini at City

Manuel Pellegrini has declared his belief that Manchester City now consider themselves to be a bigger club than Manchester United.

Pellegrini’s Citizens are currently third in the Premier League table and 12 points ahead of the seventh-placed Red Devils following David Moyes’ stuttering start to his reign as United boss.

there is just one club in Manchester and it is ours

Manuel Pellegrini

And the Chilean feels that his side have now underlined their status as the biggest club in Manchester.

“If we only consider this season, there is just one club in Manchester and it is ours,” said Pellegrini.

“But you cannot forget what United have done in the previous years. We are aiming to keep growing by winning many trophies – not just national but international trophies.”

Pellegrini’s City side are gearing up for their Champions League last-16 first-leg clash against Barcelona on Tuesday night.

And the City boss insists that his team will approach the knockout tie at Etihad Stadium with “no fear”.

“It’s a good chance to show how good we are,” he continued.

“They have a lot of experience, they have a great team, they have the best player in the world but I think also we are a good team with good players.

“I don’t have any fear about playing Barcelona because this team has got to continue to develop the mentality to play against important teams, whether that’s in the last 16, the quarter-final. I hope we can win at home.”

Man City v Barcelona: Pre-match facts

• City won 1-0 at Barcelona in a pre-season friendly in August 2009, Martin Petrov the scorer. Yaya Toure was playing for Barcelona while Pablo Zabaleta is City’s only survivor.

• City are in the last 16 for the first time but Pellegrini has guided Villarreal (2006, 2009) and Málaga (2012) into the quarter-finals.

• Four-time European champions Barcelona are seeking a seventh successive quarter-final appearance. In last season’s round of 16 against AC Milan they lost the first leg 2-0 in Italy but bounced back with a 4-0 triumph at the Camp Nou.

• City’s home record against Spanish clubs is W2 D2 L0. Sergio Agüero’s penalty earned a 1-1 draw with Real Madrid in last term’s group stage and the Argentinian scored an added-time winner in a 2-1 success against Villarreal in the 2011-12 group stage.

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