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Manuel Pellegrini has claimed that Manchester City are now bigger than Manchester United, with the manager believing that knocking Barcelona out of the Champions Leaguewould be a defining moment in the club’s evolution.

Speaking on the eve of Barça’s visit to the Etihad Stadium, Pellegrini said: “If we only consider this season, there is just one club in Manchester and it’s ours, but you cannot forget what United has done in the previous years.

“We are aiming to keep growing by winning many trophies – not just national but international trophies. We are fighting for four titles this year. We have to be patient because you cannot change the team from one day to another. We have to keep the philosophy of the style and for that you need time.”

The meeting with the team led by the four-times player of the year, Lionel Messi, indicates the rise of the club owned by the billionaire Sheikh Mansour since September 2008.

Pellegrini was asked how important defeating Barcelona would be in City’s quest to establish themselves among the continental elite.”It is a good test. It is important,” he said. “I don’t think it is the most important thing because we are just in the round of 16. We can beat Barcelona and maybe in the next round you can have defeat.

“This club is trying to develop those areas. So far we have a good season and we must finish that way. One of our targets is to continue in the Champions League knowing we play against [and beat] the most important club in the world.”

Pellegrini knows what the tie means to supporters. “Of course I understand, I’m absolutely sure the fans will enjoy to see us play this game. They also enjoyed it a lot when we qualified for the next round because it was the first time we did it but I think the supporters are also enjoying the season.

“We want to be champion in the Premier League or both cups we are playing in but, for me, it’s always very important that the fans like the way we play. I think we can have both – to achieve important results and play in a style the fans enjoy.”

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