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Nasri: City among Europe's best at home

November 26, 2013

Samir Nasri says Manchester City are one Europe's finest teams on their own turf.

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City have a 100 percent Premier League record at the Etihad Stadium, and Sunday's 6-0 thrashing of Tottenham means they are now averaging more than four goals a game at home.

Midfielder Nasri believes few teams on the continent are as effective in front of their own crowd as City, who have beaten Norwich 7-0, CSKA Moscow 5-2, Wigan 5-0, Newcastle 4-0 and Manchester United 4-1.

He said: "At home, we are one of the best in Europe. It is not just the game against Tottenham -- we had good performances against CSKA Moscow, Norwich and Man United.

"In the first six games in the league at home, we have scored 26 goals. It is the best [goalscoring] start in 50 years in the Premier League, so I think it is really good what we are doing at home."

Nasri is set to face Viktoria Plzen at home in the Champions League on Wednesday, with City having already clinched qualification to the knockout stages for the first time.

They failed to get out of their group in each of the past two years, but the France international feels they are now a stronger side and have learned from their past failures.

He explained: "In the last two seasons, the group was tough. I think we have improved as a team and have more experience in the Champions League. The last two years was the first two editions for Man City. You cannot buy experience. Now we are better as a team."

Bayern Munich have also qualified for the last 16, and Nasri hopes City can overhaul the defending champions and top the pool.

He added: "We are all in a good mood and we want to win [against Plzen] because we are still going to fight to be top of the group."


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