Manchester City latest: Blues challenged to outdo Bayern; Kompany set for check-up

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After qualifying from the group stage of the Champions League, Manchester City have been challenged by their manager Manuel Pellegrini to beat reigning European champions Bayern Munich.

The Independent reports that City are aiming to win the group by beating the German treble-winners, along with Viktoria Plzen.

Following their victory over CSKA Moscow, Blues defender Martin Demichelis believes Pellegrini is the man to bring sustained success to the Etihad.

In an interview with the Mirror, the Argentine said of the Chilean, “He has a way of making sure his teams play in the way he wants, that we play effective football and that we can challenge for important things. To get to the round of 16 was our first objective and we have achieved that.”

If they achieve enough objectives this season, they could just end it with a trophy or two.

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In other news, following the announcement of the England squad for the friendlies against Chile and Germany, manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed Joe Hart remains his number one; this despite the ‘keeper being dropped in recent matches for Costel Pantilimon.

And finally, Vincent Kompany may not be joining up with his country for the international break, but he will see at least one member of Marc Wilmots' staff next week.

The Telegraph reports that Belgian physio Lieven Maesschalck is due in Manchester to check on the City skipper’s ongoing groin problem.

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