Last Updated: Wed, 11 Dec 2013 08:23
Manuel Pellegrini says Manchester City's 3-2 win over Bayern Munich on Tuesday proves they can compete with Europe's best.
City came from 2-0 down at the Allianz Arena to win thanks to goals from David Silva, Aleksandar Kolarov and James Milner and were just another strike away from finishing ahead of Bayern to top the group.
A 4-2 success would have been enough - even though Pellegrini appreared afterwards to be unaware one more goal was required to secure that feat.
Despite that, the Chilean coach was delighted with the comeback and he says it proves his side have the credentials to fight for the Champions League crown this season after a win against the current title holders and the side widely regarded as the best in the continent at the moment.
He told Sky Sports: "It was a very important game. There is not that difference between Bayern and our team.
"So, today, winning here and scoring three goals without (Vincent) Kompany, (Sergio) Aguero, Yaya Toure, (Samir) Nasri, I think that shows we have a very good squad, so it is an important victory."
City could now face the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid, PSG or Atletico Madrid in the last-16 stage after finishing second and Pellegrini has been criticised for seemingly not knowing that a 4-2 win would have seen them leapfrog Bayern in the group.
He added: "It is very important to be first in the group but not the most important thing. It was difficult to score two goals and I think that Silva couldn't play more than 70 minutes."
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