The 60-year-old Chilean coach is not content to rest on his laurels following Manchester City’s Premier League title win this term, their second in three years and his first, in his debut season in England.
Manuel Pellegrini insisted the club will not settle with what they have achieved this season and looks ahead towards next season’s Champions League as an area the Citizens can expand their challenge.
"I think one of the most important things for me is to have an ambitious mind. It's very important to win titles. We have already won titles but we must analyse all the good things we did, the bad things and where we must improve. [That] is the best way to do it so we have a lot of work [to do]," he explained.
"Everyone is talking about Europe - I think we were very unlucky this year in the Champions League because the sending-off [of Martin Demichelis in the first leg] against Barcelona changed that match," he continued.
"We were eliminated but I think we made a big step this year in qualifying for the round of 16 - we beat Bayern Munich in their own stadium, we were on the same points as Bayern. It was an important step and I hope next year we can continue a stage [further]," he added.
Indeed one of the main factors in the sacking of his predecessor Roberto Mancini was City’s poor performance in the Champions League and whilst there has been a clear improvement this term under Pellegrini, as well as perhaps some back luck as he suggests, the Premier League champions must improve their pedigree on the continental stage in Europe’s most elite competition.
Their Premier League rivals Chelsea and, to a lesser extent Liverpool and Manchester United have enjoyed success in the competitions across the years with all three club winning the competition in the last decade. Arsenal are the only other team that finished inside the top four this term to have never won the competition, despite making the final in 2006.
City have proven themselves capable of winning domestic titles and competitions (the League Cup win this term as well) and they have certainly shown the watching world they have the financial muscle to compete in the transfer market to acquire the world’s most sought-after players but they must kick on next season and prove they have the ability to challenge the best in Europe if they want to be regarded as one of them. Luckily for them, they have one of the world’s best managers in Manuel Pellegrini.