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Samir Nasri has shrugged off Manchester City’s Champions League exit by declaring: We’re going to be just like Barcelona.

And the Frenchman is not worried about Chelsea denting their Premier League title ambitions tomorrow night – after admitting he barely considers them rivals to land English ­football’s crown.

The disappointment of crashing out of Europe’s top tier – despite beating Bayern Munich in midweek – has clearly not impacted on Nasri, who left Arsenal last summer in a bid to start winning silverware.

He remains optimistic about his future at the Etihad Stadium and ahead of a mouth-watering ­encounter Nasri explained the style of play that has left them out in front in the ­domestic title race.

He said: “The Champions League setback will not make us more ­hungry to win the Premier League ­because we were hungry from the first game of the season.

“At the start we wanted to win everything. We can’t win the Champions League now but we will try to win the Europa League, and the Premier League as well.

“At City we play as a team and defend very high – our model is Barcelona.

“The way they play is that when the defence get the ball it is easier for you because there is less running, so we are fresh in the last 30 metres. It’s the way we want to play.

“We always have plenty of ­solutions when we are in the final area of the pitch and it is good to play with so many attacking options.

“It’s good to go into the game with Chelsea on the back of that win over Bayern Munich. Chelsea are in good form, but we are prepared for them. It’s difficult to face Chelsea, but it’s also tough against Tottenham, Man United and Liverpool – and we picked up great results against them, so I don’t know why we should have any fear over Chelsea.

“I am confident in our quality and we will try to play with the same quality Liverpool did when they beat them.

“I don’t think they’re our biggest rivals for the title, I’d say it’s still Manchester United.

“United have more experience. I don’t know how they will handle the disappointment of going out of the Champions League, we will see.

“Tottenham are doing well with Emmanuel Adebayor and Scott Parker, so they look good.”

Nasri does fear City’s aim of matching the achievements of Barca on the ­continent could be held back by their Premier League ambitions, though.

The schedule is a gruelling one for Roberto Mancini’s men as they join the big boys to challenge for trophies on all fronts.

And Nasri said: “The Champions League has been a good experience and we can build for next year in the competition.

“The problem we have is that in England it is still difficult when you play the team at the bottom of the league.

“Manchester United and us have to balance the Premier League and Champions League but Barcelona sometimes play teams and win 8-0.

“That wouldn’t happen against a team like Norwich. It’s a more ­demanding league at all levels.”

Nasri has had to alter his style of play since ­making his move to the Etihad from North London and he admits that City boss Roberto Mancini is a hard man to please.

But in the long term City are set to reap the ­benefits as his all-round game has moved on to a new level.

Nasri said: “I am ­feeling better now with the team. I needed a bit of time to settle after I joined from Arsenal because it is not the same mentality or the same way to play football.

“The manager and players have given me confidence and now I am looking to play the type of football I love. I’m confident about the future.

“The manager is someone who is never happy with the result. When we won 5-1 he wanted a clean sheet. He has taught us how to defend and we are going with it.

“If we want to be one of the ­biggest teams in the world, we have to improve as a team. We know how to score but we have to defend as well. You can see that now, that we do defend as a team.

“I know how to play good football from my time at Arsenal, but I’ve had to improve a lot ­defensively.”

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