Comments by Roma sporting director show how Man City have arrived on the world stage

Manchester City are soon to lift the Premier League trophy unless of some catastrophe that seems impossible, and it will be one of the most impressive, record-breaking title wins of any English club in recent memory.

City are still yet to truly lay a marker on the European stage though, with the best they have done being a spot in the semi-final several years ago, before going out to Real Madrid.

Lifting the Champions League trophy is the elusive dream of the club, but there is a feeling that with Pep Guardiola in charge, this could be the year.

And the perception of how good City are is shared around Europe, including by one chief of a potential quarter-final opponent.

Monchi, the famed sporting director who did business with City in the past while at Sevilla (Negredo, Navas, Nasri, Jovetić), is now the deal-maker at AS Roma and acquired Aleksandar Kolarov from Manchester City in the summer as one of his first acts of business.

And the Spaniard rates City as not one of, but the strongest potential opponent left in the Champions League, including Barcelona and Real Madrid!

“It’s hard to know which team is best to face, all are difficult, but Manchester City are strongest of all for me,” Monchi is quoted as saying by Tuttosport.

“Everyone wants Roma? At the moment, our group is mentally strong and ready for whatever awaits us in this competition.”

Should City draw the Serie A side in the next stage of the competition, it would see Kolarov and Edin Dzeko return to the Etihad Stadium for the first time since they left. Dzeko has matured into one of Europe’s most prolific goal scorers, and his strike saw Roma past Shakhtar Donetsk beyond the Champions League Round of 16 and into the quarter-finals.

The draw for the quarter-finals of the Champions League will be made at 11am GMT on Friday, March 16, at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.

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