Last Updated: Fri, 24 May 2013 11:13
Manchester City chief executive Ferran Soriano is confident the club are capable of rivaling Europe's biggest clubs in all areas.
City have made great strides since the investment of Abu Dhabi-based owner Sheikh Mansour and despite a trophyless season, Soriano believes the blue half of Manchester has a lot to be proud of.
The high standards being expected by the owner were demonstrated by his decision to remove Roberto Mancini as manager, just a year after he led City to a first top-flight title since 1968.
Soriano claims the club's latest challenge, after coming from nowhere to establish themselves as one of the Premier League's powerhouses, is to make a bigger impression in the Champions League and increase revenue in the wake of the Financial Fair Play rules.
The Spaniard certainly knows only too well the importance of a success commercial operation, having worked wonders in a similar role at Barcelona previously.
Soriano, who was appointed last August, said: "We are catching up very fast.
"In the last few months we have totally changed the commercial organisation. We have an office in London now and we are very successful.
"It's fair to say United have been very successful in the past but we are catching up, and I am very self-confident.
"When I started in another club in 2003 our revenue was 123million euros and United was 251million. After three years our revenue was higher than United.
"So we are second to none, our revenues will increase and we are not worried about FFP at all. We will compete with United and others in the market commercially. We are successful."
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