City just getting started - Nasri

Playmaker Samir Nasri believes Manchester City are only just getting started in the Champions League.

Last Updated: 06/11/13 at 10:12 Post Comment

Man City players celebrate

Man City players celebrate

City secured a place in the last 16 of Europe's elite competition for the first time - and with two games to spare - as they crushed CSKA Moscow 5-2 at the Etihad Stadium.

After failures at the group stages in each of the past two seasons it was an achievement that marked the next significant step in the club's development.

Yet while City are pleased with their progress, Nasri is already looking forward in hope of going deeper into the competition when the knockout rounds start.

The Frenchman said: "This is something that we really have wanted to do for the past three years and we did it, so we are very happy.

"It's a big achievement for the club because this is the first time we've gone beyond the group stages, but there is still a long way to go.

"A club like Manchester City isn't just going to be happy reaching the last 16. We want to get as far as we possibly can in this competition.

"As a team we've progressed and, even if the past two seasons have been tough and we've had difficult groups, if we work as a team, we have time to get better and better because the next round isn't until February."

Nasri was outstanding as City carried on where they left off after Saturday's 7-0 thrashing of Norwich to demolish the Russian champions.

But the main headlines were stolen by hat-trick star Alvaro Negredo and Sergio Aguero, who took his tally for the season to 13 with another two goals.

City's flow was twice interrupted by goals from Seydou Doumbia - the second a penalty and both highlighting defensive concerns - but the result was never in doubt after Aguero claimed his first from the spot after three minutes.

City were taught a lesson by Bayern Munich earlier in their campaign but have won their other three Group D matches comfortably and manager Manuel Pellegrini believes they can now challenge any side.

Asked if City could beat anybody, Pellegrini said: "I think so but, at this level, also every team can beat us.

"There are some important teams in Europe but I think we have a strong squad and we'll see where we can go in this Champions League."


New Sky Bet customers: Claim free £5 bet every week


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

P

arish is the man to blame for this shambles. Pulis must be chuckling into his left over turkey sandwich. I pray this doesn't mean the Neil Warnock media machine will kick in now and he'll be back on the telly box.

magicfuller
Warnock sacked by Palace

W

e almost found a new way to lose, just when I thought it was getting boring Giroud does that. Although Arsenal are deservedly called 'soft' the entire midfield is out injured. Still must admit MU are managing to win despite a similar raft of absentees. Think the Gunners have good players but poorly coached.

gettalong
Wenger: Giroud deserved red

I

really enjoyed this. Thanks F365 for another year of work avoidance - happy Christmas.

megabrow (cufc)
Our Person Of The Year: Alan Pardew

Footer 365

Paul Lambert: Aston Villa's new style here to stay despite lack of goals

Paul Lambert is sure the goals will come for Aston Villa if they persist with their current style of football.

Bobby Zamora tells QPR to give Charlie Austin a new contract

Bobby Zamora has told QPR to sort out Charlie Austin's future before his goals attract bids from elsewhere.

Jose Mourinho: It's only a matter of time before John Terry gets new contract

John Terry will definitely stay at Chelsea beyond the end of his current deal, Jose Mourinho says.

Mail Box

Van Gaal's Half-Term Report Card...

One Man United fan isn't happy with the rate the team is progressing under Louis van Gaal, while the mailbox also wishes Liverpool fans a Merry Mid-Table Christmas...

Hang On, Rafa's Success Is No Fluke...

The afternoon mailbox kicks the morning mailbox's arse after claims that Rafa Benitez has fluked his success. Plus, big talk about Liverpool's progress and lots more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property