Pellegrini not underestimating Juventus

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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has insisted that his side will not underestimate Juventus when the two teams meet in a Champions League clash at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday. 

Juventus have made their worst start to a Serie A season since 1912, having secured just a point from their opening three matches. To make matters worse for the Italian outfit, they will be without the services of midfielders Sami Khedira and Claudio Marchisio for the midweek fixture.

Despite this, Pellegrini is by no means taking last year's beaten finalists lightly.

"We play against a very strong squad. That is why they won the title four years in a row in Italy," Pellegrini told reporters. "That is not easy. They did not start the season very well in Italy but they continue having very good players.

"I don't think we must trust in Juventus [to make things easy for City] because it is a different competition. The Champions League also always motivates all the players so we are not thinking about Juventus."

Pellegrini added that he is solely focused on ensuring City make it out of the group stage of the competition before he starts targeting the club's maiden quarter-final berth. 

"We are just thinking to win against Juventus and to try and qualify, as we did in the last two seasons, to the round of 16," he said. "After that we will see the draw."