Pellegrini: We can be the best in Europe

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini sees no reason why his side can’t win the Champions League this season following a hard-fought victory over PSG on Tuesday night.

The Citizens booked their place in the semi-finals, for the first time in the club’s history, as Kevin De Bruyne’s 76th-minute effort secured a 1-0 victory at the Etihad and a 3-2 aggregate win.

While Paris Saint-Germain boss Laurent Blanc was less than convinced by City’s credentials, Pellegrini made it clear that he had no doubts over his side’s ability to challenge Europe’s best.

“Of course, we can be the best team in Europe,” the Chilean told reporters. “Of course, because I think it is one of the targets of this club, to try and improve every year [in this competition].

“I know that we receive a lot of criticism for different reasons, but I think that we are improving every year.

“One of the targets is to win, of course, some day the Champions League. Of course, this season, next season.

“If you are in the semi-final, you know you have to play against a very big team of Europe, but playing in the way we did tonight I think that we played better than Paris Saint-Germain. That is a very strong team with very good players.

“We have a lot of trust that we can play against anyone in the way we played.”

The draw for the Champions League semi-finals will take place on Friday, April 15 in Nyon, Switzerland.