Dec 12, 2013

    Jubilant City gunning for Arsenal


    MANCHESTER City's Manuel Pellegrini admitted that keeping his stars fresh for Saturday's Premier League visit from leaders Arsenal had been a factor in their 3-2 win at Bayern Munich on Tuesday.

    On a historic night for the club, City fought back from two goals down to break the holders' 10-match Champions League winning streak as Bayern coach Pep Guardiola suffered his first loss in major competition with the German side.

    With both teams already through to the knockout stages, City avenged October's 3-1 defeat to Bayern at the Etihad Stadium, but still finished second to the Germans in Group D, with both teams on 15 points.

    City winger James Milner completed the fairy-tale fightback with the 62nd-minute winner, but a 4-2 win would have sent Pellegrini's side through as Group D winners.

    Pellegrini sent up Spanish striker Alvaro Negredo to replace David Silva, back from a calf injury, for the final 20 minutes, and the City coach admitted that his thinking had been as much about the Gunners as chasing a fourth goal.

    "It was important for us to get the fourth goal, but it would have been (risky) continuing playing with Silva," he said.

    "It was important for us to be at the top of the group, but we have a big game on Saturday and (the fourth goal) was not the most important thing."