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Pellegrini: We’ll go all out for the win

Manuel Pellegrini refuses to accept that a draw would be a good result in City’s UEFA Champions League clash away at Sevilla.

The City boss has revealed that his side will try to get all three points at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium on Tuesday night.

City can qualify for the knockout stages with two games to spare if they win and if Juventus beat Borussia Monchengladbach in the night’s other game.

“I think it’s very important for the team to try to win because, depending on what happens in other game, we could be in the next stage,” he told journalists in Seville.

“It’s a benefit to qualify as soon as you can – it’s not easy to do it two games before the end. If we do it, in the same way you must qualify, you must fight to qualify in first place.

"If we have a good result tomorrow, we must then try to win the group in our remaining two games.

“This team is not prepared to try to draw – we won’t start the game think it’s a good point

"Of course if you can’t win, a draw is better than losing but if you start thinking a draw is a good result, you’ll normally lose."

City have shown great character to come from behind to win their last two Champions League games against Borussia and against Sevilla at the Etihad.

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Pellegrini suggested that these performances have come around as a result of the criticism the team faced last season when they finished the season empty-handed.

He said: “Maybe when you read so much criticism when you don’t win, when you win, especially when behind, fighting to the end with so many players injured – of course that gives you trust on what you can do as a team. It demonstrates character and spirit.

“As a team, we are in a very strong moment and I hope we can improve further when we recover important players from injury.”

Manuel also leapt to the defence of Ivorian striker Wilfried Bony after he missed a couple of chances on Saturday afternoon against Norwich.

He added: “I think Bony maybe he’s been criticised about his last game but he scored two in his last three games in the league.”

Nicolas Otamendi also spoke to the media alongside his manager and the weekend’s Man of the Match declared that balance will be of paramount importance on Match Day Three.

Otamendi declared: “We know they are a top team and we need to be disciplined - not just in attack, but in defence as well.

“Sevilla are always strong at home – there will be a fantastic atmosphere.

"At home, Sevilla like to put the visitors under a lot of pressure. Teams who come here have to be at their very best "

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