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Dec 15, 2013

Nasri: Rivals worried about City

Samir Nasri believes Europe’s elite will be worried of drawing Manchester City when the Champions League knock-out stages are announced on Monday.

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Manchester City warmed up for the fate of the Champions League final 16 by tearing apart Premier League leaders Arsenal in a 6-3 win on Saturday.

And Nasri believes that result, alongside the 3-2 comeback against Bayern Munich last week, would stick in the minds of their European rivals.

“Everyone [around Europe] will look at that game [against Arsenal],” Nasri said. “And when you see a team perform like we did -- on top of what we did against Bayern in midweek -- you are a little bit worried about playing us.”

Nasri said City did not fear any team in the draw but admitted there were a number of potential match-ups he would like to avoid.

“No, I’m not worried by who we could face,” Nasri said. “I don’t think they [Real or Barca] will be happy to play Manchester City. But if I had to pick the draw, of course I would go for Paris St-Germain, Atletico Madrid or Borussia Dortmund.

“I don’t want to play Real Madrid or Barcelona, but if we do get them, they will be worried about us.”

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