Pellegrini targets Champions League win

Manchester City scorer Kevin de Bruyne celebrates with team-mates after the win over PSG

Manchester City beat PSG in front of a capacity crowd of 53,039 at Etihad Stadium

Manchester City can win the Champions League if they repeat the display that knocked out French champions Paris St-Germain, says boss Manuel Pellegrini.

City are in the last four for the first time after Tuesday’s 1-0 second-leg win sealed a 3-2 aggregate victory.

Asked if City can win the competition, Pellegrini said: “Of course.

“You have to play a very big team but we have a lot of chance if we play against anyone the way we played against PSG.”

Sergio Aguero missed a penalty before Kevin de Bruyne got a 76th-minute winner for the hosts, who are fourth in the Premier Leaguet, against a lacklustre PSG.

Pellegrini on the attack

City have gone out of the Champions League at the group stage twice and in the last 16 twice during the past four campaigns.

They were beaten by Barcelona in the first knockout stage in each of the past two seasons and Pellegrini, who will be replaced by Bayern Munich’s Spanish boss Pep Guardiola in the summer, responded to some of his side’s critics.

“We beat Bayern Munich in my first season and lost against Barcelona in the round of 16,” the 62-year-old Chilean told BT Sport.

“In my second season, we didn’t play well but beat Bayern Munich again and Roma, then we lost to Barca again. This season we won the group and now we beat PSG.

“I really don’t understand the criticism – or they don’t understand Barcelona have better players.”

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