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MEN: Sergio tips City to progress in Champions League

  • 11 September 2013 08:46
  • Posted by @porter_mcfc

After the international break, today brings a welcome return to club agendas.

City’s first date in this season’s Champions League is now less than a week away, and Sergio Aguero has tipped the Blues to go far in the competition.

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The team travel to the Czech Republic on Tuesday to take on Viktoria Plzen for the first group stage assignment, and Sergio is targeting a positive result.

The Manchester Evening News quotes the striker as saying: “The Champions League sometimes allows semi-surprises. Dortmund were finalists last year and Roberto di Matteo’s Chelsea in 2012 – they were good teams and tactically well-organised but were certainly not considered the best at the beginning.

“Now I can only think of Barcelona, as a semi-finalist at least, and then the usual sides – Real, Bayern, United – and ourselves. We had only a few experienced players and came up against very tough opponents – Bayern and Napoli – two years ago, then Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid and Ajax last time, which produced a finalist and semi-finalist.

“We have Bayern again this year, but we also play CSKA and Viktoria. Get past the first stage and, with luck, you can get to the final.”

Elsewhere, Gael Clichy is also confident that the City squad is capable of winning a trophy this season – according to a Sky Sports report.

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The defender, who started for France in their win over Belarus on Tuesday night, believes that the new arrivals this summer have led to a more balanced squad who can strive for success in the 2013/14 campaign.

The report quotes him as saying: "Having a new coach is the most important thing because everybody wants to work hard to show they all deserve a place in the squad.

"Of course, we had a great team two years ago and also last year and now, with four new players who have just arrived, we have an even better group.

"There are some great qualities in our team - Jesus Navas, Fernandinho is working really hard in midfield, and up front we have Negredo and Stevan Jovetic, who are really talented players.

"So overall, I think the team has a good balance. We just have to work, listen to what the coach wants us to do and the success we can bring the trophy to the club at the end of the season."

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