Milner: Manchester City can go far in the Champions League

Manuel Pellegrini's side sealed their place in the last 16 with a 2-0 away win over Roma on Wednesday and the midfielder believes that they can kick on and progress even further
Manchester City midfielder James Milner believes that his side's late progress into the Champions League's last 16 could be a springboard to "go far" in the tournament.

Manuel Pellegrini's side were staring down the barrel of elimination after collecting just two points from their first four matches in Group E but gave themselves hope with a late resurgence to beat Bayern Munich 3-2 on matchday five, before securing their progress with a 2-0 win at Roma on Wednesday.

Milner feels that City's accomplishment of reaching the knockout stages is even more impressive given a host of injuries this season, including star striker Sergio Aguero, who was absent from the Stadio Olimpico with a knee injury, and is confident that the team will be a match for Europe's elite.

"We will take it step by step but I definitely think the quality is there to go far in this competition," he told the press.

"We don't want to get ahead of ourselves but the more seasons we play in the Champions League and the more games we play in it, the experience helps and we get better as a team.

"The pressure was there because we had to win the last couple of games and we had a couple of injuries but that shows the quality in the squad, as we managed to get the result we needed.

"This team responds when we need to win games - we did it last year in the Premier League and now we have done it again in the Champions League by winning these two games.

"We had a bit of help from the other game but to beat Bayern Munich and Roma to qualify and do it with a number of injuries shows the amount of quality there is right through the squad."

With City finishing runners-up in the group, they are likely to face a tricky last-16 encounter and Milner suggested with his tongue somewhat in cheek that the draw is likely to throw up another meeting with Barcelona - who knocked City out at the same stage last season.

"We like drawing the same teams and we like getting tough draws so it will probably be Barcelona again," he wryly remarked.

"We know we can beat anyone on our day and we will see who it throws up. Wherever we go, we will go there confident because we are coming into a vein of form and have a few players coming back."