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Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero is hoping to see the club make more of an impact in the Champions League this season, the Express reports.
The club will kick off their latest campaign next week against Czech side Viktoria Plzen, but face a tough task after also being paired with current holders Bayern Munich and Russian giants CSKA Moscow.
This will be the club’s third season in a row in Europe’s top club competition, and this time they will looking to make it past the group stage for the first time having failed to do so under previous manager Roberto Mancini, which was one key factor in the Italian’s sacking at the end of last season and subsequent replacing with Manuel Pellegrini.
And it is this trophy in particular that the Argentine striker is targeting, saying; “The Champions League sometimes allows semi-surprises. Dortmund were finalists last year and Chelsea in 2012 – they were good teams and tactically well-organised but were certainly not considered the best at the beginning.
“We have Bayern again, but we also play CSKA and Viktoria. Get past the first stage and, with luck, you can get to the final.”
City were placed in the ‘group of death’ last season alongside Ajax, Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid, and their task this time around will be made all the more difficult by a dominant Bayern side looking to assert themselves under new coach Pep Guardiola, who has won the competition twice during his days as Barcelona manager.