Finishing the season with just the League Cup to show for their efforts will definitely not pass as a successful one for big spenders, Manchester City.
Though not totally out of the race to win the Premier League title again, success in the Champions League will be a better choice for the Citizens who are set to make history on Tuesday night with qualification for the quarter finals for the very first time within a touching distance for them
Sadly, form on the domestic scene for City as been worrying to say the least and this why many feel they should forget winning a third Premier League title this season.
While their recent title wins, in 2012 and 2014, were achieved after glorious late comebacks, the present scenario is quite contrasting to those two occasions as City cannot draw upon any recent period of positive results at present.
The idea they will win their last nine and mount a challenge seems fanciful given their last consecutive league wins came in October over Newcastle and Bournemouth
Surprisingly however, City players and their Coach Manuel Pellegrini have been growing in confidence in recent times and they are not just preoccupied with just making the quarter finals but going all the way to be crowned as champions of Europe.
It is no secret that Pellegrini is desperate to finish on a high before he leaves the Etihad to make way for Pep Guardiola in June but with his side’s EPL title chances been stalled in recent weeks the Chilean has set his sights on the biggest club prize of all.
The first step to achieving this big dream will be taken tonight as City host Dynamo Kiev in the last 16 of the Champions League tonight with a 3-1 advantage from the first leg.
Pellegrini reckons he has a squad good enough to become European champions to help him bow out with a bang.
“Of course we can,” he said. “But if I was continuing next year I would also have the same desire for the club to be as high as they can.
“If you have to leave at the end of the season the best way to leave is winning titles.
“It doesn’t matter against who we must play, the important thing is to be in a good moment”
“If we do it I think we can play against all the big teams with big players.”
Playing the big teams could serve an interesting match-up if City gets pitched with Bayern Munich on the route to Milan for the finals.
City have struggled in the Champions League since qualifying for the competition back in 2011 – and there is a desire in the boardroom to see progress this season.
Many feel Pep Guardiola’s appointment is the key to City winning the competition – but Fernandinho believes they can spring a surprise this season even before the Spaniard takes over
“It is the target of everyone at the club to do well in the Champions League, to go far as far as we can and this year we have a great chance to do that,” he said.