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Pellegrini insists Man City not making Champions League a priority

Manuel Pellegrini has made it clear that Manchester City have not made the Champions League a priority this season.

The Chilean made a number of changes to his line-up for Tuesday night's 3-0 win over Viktoria Plzen, following the weekend's 0-0 Premier League draw with Stoke City, but says he is not putting one competition ahead of the other.

Pellegrini was also delighted with the way his City side performed to open their account on Matchday 1 with second-half goals from Edin Dzeko, Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero.

"The first half we had a good match, we have three or four clear chances to score but I think the second half we played really well," he told Sky Sports.

"We made some movements so we could create space which is needed, as with 10 players behind the ball it is very difficult to try and score so we had to get more from our game and we got three goals."

He added: "We don't have a priority.

"We know that Manchester City didn't play well in the Champions League last season, but the Premier League is also very important for us, we will try to continue in both sides with the same priority.

"The Champions League is a very difficult, and there are not any easy games and the players know that."

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