Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Pellegrini Eyes Victory to Avoid European Elite

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Pellegrini Eyes Victory to Avoid European Elite

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MANUEL Pellegrini takes his City team to Turin looking to make it mission accomplished in the first task of his season.

Despite defeat to Liverpool the Blues remain among the leading pack in the Premier League and have a home tie with Hull in the last eight of the League Cup.

In a competition that has often frayed supporters' nerves though, there would be relief if City can book their place in the Champions League knockout stages as group winners.

Three points against Juventus tomorrow will be enough for the Blues to likely avoid the likes of Barcelona in the next round, and Pellegrini plans to make that a reality in Italy this week.

"It was very important to qualify for the next stage and to do it with two games to spare is a good achievement after we started with a home defeat," he said. …

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