Sydney, Dec 16 (ANI): Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has insisted that even Real Madrid and Barcelona would want to avoid a clash with Manuel Pellegrini’s team in February and March, according to reports.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Nasri has claimed that ‘all of Europe’ will fear a Champions League second-round tie against Manchester City before the draw for the round of 16 in Nyon on Monday.
Manuel Pellegrini’s team go into the draw having fought back from two goals down to secure a 3-2 victory against European champions Bayern Munich in the Allianz Arena last Tuesday, the report said.
However, having qualified as runners-up in Group D, City face a daunting two-legged clash against one of Barcelona, Real Madrid, Paris St-Germain, Borussia Dortmund or Atletico Madrid next year, the report added.
Nasri said that he was not worried by who they could face as he does not think Madrid or Barcelona would even be happy to play Manchester City, adding that if he could pick the draw, he would go for Paris St-Germain, Atletico Madrid or Borussia Dortmund.
Nasri also claimed that City’s victory against Arsenal would have sent a message to Europe’s leading clubs about their ability to progress in this season’s competition, the report further said. (ANI)