Manchester City advanced through the quarter-finals of the Champions League after having claimed a victory of 3-1 and the Premier League club is now 1 of the last 8 teams that are competing in the European competition.
Manuel Pellegrini and his team are the only representatives from the Premier League as they are the last English club that is still alive and are hoping to reach the next stages.
According to Pellegrini, he is not so much worried about being pitted against the French side Paris Saint-Germain. The Champions League drawing concluded with Manchester City having to face PSG and even though the French outfit is a very solid team, Pellegrini was relieved in the fact that he avoided having to play against Barcelona.
“It is a difficult draw as always. With the eight best teams of Europe, it is always difficult draw. Barcelona are the best team in Europe, all the other teams are the same. You never know what is an easy draw. We are in the eight best teams. Maybe one team can have less names than another, but if they are in the same stage they are an important team.” Manchester City’s Manuel Pellegrini after the Champions League draw was completed.
Bayern Munich and Barcelona are the favorites of winning the Champions League of this year and Manuel Pellegrini was relaxed to see that his players don’t have to face off against neither of these European titans.
The first leg of Manchester City vs PSG will start on April 6 when both sides meet each other at the home turf of Paris Saint-Germain at the Parc des Princes Stadium. Tickets for both games are available on this website – though they will probably be sold out pretty fast!
Even though Barcelona is generally considered to be the best team in Europe and Pellegrini is relieved about not facing them in the quarter-finals, PSG has some world class and highly rated players including: Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva, Angel Di Maria, David Luis and Javier Pastore just to name a few of the more recognized performers that will make things difficult for Manchester City in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.