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Manuel Pellegrini still has work to do to win over Manchester City fans

Manuel Pellegrini will be hailed across Europe tonight if he can guide Manchester City to a high-scoring victory over Bayern Munich.

City need to win by three goals to top their Champions League group ahead of the current European champions.

It's a straight fight between the two for top spot as Pellegrini has already succeeded where his predecessor Roberto Mancini failed twice by clinching a place in the knockout stages of the competition.

And to think that he did it with two games to spare!

City beating Bayern may not be as ridiculous as it sounds though. Despite winning only twice away from home in the Premier League this season, City have claimed maximum points from Champions League visits to Viktoria Plzen and CSKA Moscow.

But like the prophet who has no honour in his hometown, Pellegrini is a long way away from winning over the City fans.

Yes, they are playing some great football and banging in the goals at home, but the away form is threatening to scupper their title challenge.

And while reaching the last 16 of the Champions League may be a historic achievement for City and their Chilean boss, winning the competition is an entirely different prospect.

Ultimately Pellegrini's success, or otherwise, will be judged on how many league titles he wins and on that score he still has a lot of work to do if he is to outdo Mancini.

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