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City manager Pellegrini is wary of feeling Paris pain

By Andy Hampson

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini does not believe there would have been any "easy draw" in the quarter-finals of the Champions League after his side were paired with French giants Paris St Germain.

City defeated Dynamo Kiev to reach the last eight of Europe's elite competition for the first time. However, if they are to stay on the road to the final in Milan in May, City must get the better of a club very much determined to prove themselves a continental super-power. While Pellegrini accepts avoiding holders Barcelona - who comfortably saw off Arsenal and will face Atletico Madrid - was preferable, no matter which other opponent came out of the draw they would present a stern test.

"It is a difficult draw as always.

"When you are in the eight best teams of Europe, always it is a difficult draw," said Pellegrini, ahead of tomorrow's derby with Manchester United.

"I think Barcelona is the team that makes the difference, all the other teams are the same. It is always a difficult game.

"We are in the eight best teams, maybe one team can have less of a 'name' than another, but if they are in the same stage it is because they deserve it, they have eliminated important teams. You can't have an easy draw."

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