Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini believes both Barcelona and Real Madrid want to avoid his team in the Champions League.
Pellegrini saw his side earn a far from comfortable 4-2 victory over Viktoria Plzen on Wednesday and accepts his side are likely to finish second in their group behind high-flying Bayern Munich.
However, the Blues’ boss thinks no-one will relish coming up against free-scoring City when the knock-out stage of the competition comes around.
“Spain has strong teams, particularly Barcelona and Real Madrid, and Atletico Madrid are having a very good season,” the Argentine was quoted as saying in the Daily Mirror.
“But I’m not afraid of who we are going to play in the next round. It’s not a major problem. Anything can happen over two games but we have a strong squad.
“People might say it is difficult for us to play against Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico or even Paris Saint-Germain, another team we could face.
“But all of them would not be happy to play against us,” he declared.