The Champions League last 16 first legs conclude on Wednesday, with Atletico Madrid hosting Juventus and Manchester City travelling to Schalke.

Juve will be looking to Cristiano Ronaldo to find his European scoring boots as they bid to end Atletico Madrid's run of 12 Champions League knockout games at home without defeat.

Manchester City, meanwhile, are overwhelming favourites to see off Schalke and progress to the quarter-finals, but they will have to overcome a stubborn backline, which conceded just four goals in the group stages.

Here is the pick of the stats surrounding these two games, as provided by Opta...

Atletico Madrid v Juventus

1 - Cristiano Ronaldo has scored only one goal in his last eight Champions League games. He had found the net 11 times in his eight previous games.

6 - Antoine Griezmann has scored or assisted a goal in each of his six Champions League games at the Wanda Metropolitano (six goals, three assists). This season, he has been directly involved in six of Atletico Madrid's nine Champions League goals (67 per cent), with four goals and two assists – that is the highest ratio among the 16 teams left in the competition.

9 - Massimiliano Allegri has reached the knockout stages in each of his nine campaigns as manager in the Champions League. He was a beaten finalist in two of the last four seasons with Juventus.

6 - Atletico Madrid are unbeaten in the Champions League against Italian opposition under manager Diego Simeone (won four, drawn two). In those six games, they have only conceded one goal, by Kaka in a 4-1 win against AC Milan in March 2014.

6 - Paulo Dybala has scored six goals in his last seven Champions League appearances – more than in his previous 24 appearances in the competition with Juventus (five goals). All 11 of his goals in the competition have come with his left foot.

Schalke v Manchester City

9 - Schalke are unbeaten in their last nine European home games (won six, drawn three) – they last went longer without a home defeat between July 2003 and November 2004 (11 games).

4 - No player delivered more assists than Manchester City's Riyad Mahrez in the Champions League group stages this season (four, level with Kylian Mbappe and Memphis Depay).

6 - Schalke scored six goals in this season's group stages, the lowest tally amongst the 16 clubs left in the competition. However, only Borussia Dortmund (five) kept more clean sheets than Schalke (four).

2 - Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has won the Champions League on two occasions as a manager (2009 and 2011, both with Barcelona); a third trophy would equal Zinedine Zidane, Carlo Ancelotti and Bob Paisley's record. He has also reached the semi-finals in seven of his nine previous seasons as manager but has not made the final since 2011.

3 - Schalke have been knocked out in the round of 16 in each of their last three Champions League appearances – 2010/11 was the last time they made it past that stage, reaching the semi-finals.

City Football Group has made inroads into China with the acquisition of third-tier club Sichuan Jiuniu.

CFG, which owns Manchester City, has bought the Chengdu-based side as part of a joint-purchase deal involving China Sports Capital and robotics firm UBTECH.

City chief executive Ferran Soriano said in a statement on Wednesday: "Today marks an exciting new chapter in the growth of City Football Group. China is an extremely important football market, which we have been focused on for some time.

"We believe strongly in the future of football in China. We are making a long-term, sustainable commitment to grow and develop Sichuan Jiuniu FC and to nurture Chinese footballing talent. These objectives are equally important.

"Our immediate focus will be strengthening our football performance, using all of our experience and know-how, forging a strong relationship with our fans and building a strong presence in the community."

Sichuan Jiuniu become the seventh club to join CFG's global conglomerate. Alongside Premier League champions City, CFG also controls Melbourne City, New York City and Club Atletico Torque of Uruguay, while it has invested in Girona and Yokohama F. Marinos.

China Sports Capital has held shares in CFG since December 2015, while UBTECH has been one of City's commercial partners since 2016.

Pep Guardiola feels Manchester City playmaker Bernardo Silva is one of the best three players in the Premier League and Portugal's star performer.

Former Monaco favourite Silva joined City in May 2017 and has taken his game to new heights this season, staring in both central midfield and wide attacking roles.

Cristiano Ronaldo has not featured for his country since the 2018 World Cup but remains in prolific form for Juventus, meaning Guardiola's observation that Silva is now his country's main man might raise some eyebrows.

Speaking at a news conference ahead of Wednesday's Champions League last-16 meeting with Schalke, Guardiola was asked whether the 24-year-old would be the next big star of Portuguese football.

"He is the biggest star already," he replied.

"He's a lovely person. I love to work with him, he never makes a bad face when he doesn't play. Always the biggest smile. He is the guy in the locker room who is most loved.

"He is one of the most talented I've ever seen in my career as a manager and a football player. He can play three or four positions, he's always eight or nine [out of 10] but know when he doesn't play well it doesn't matter because he runs the most.

"You cannot play every single game every three days at the top level, but he runs and runs. Maybe this season he's been one of the best two or three players in the Premier League.

"Look at how he celebrates the goals with his team-mates, he's a joy.

"I'm an incredibly lucky guy to have him in my hands, I enjoy every training session and every single game.

"Portugal is fortunate to have him, the manager [Fernando Santos] will use him every time more and more. He is a lovely guy -  I love him, it's simple like that."

The presence of stars such as Silva in Guardiola's first-team squad has acted as a contributing factor to some of City's brightest academy products seeking opportunities elsewhere.

The Premier League champions will come face to face with Rabbi Matondo on Wednesday, less than a month on from the 18-year-old Wales international swapping the City Football Academy for Schalke.

He follows Jadon Sancho into the Bundesliga, while Brahim Diaz moved to Real Madrid last month.

Guardiola underlined his previous insistence that he wanted all of the trio to stay at City alongside England Under-21 Phil Foden, who scored a brace in Saturday's 4-1 FA Cup fifth-round win at Newport County.

"I said with Jadon, Brahim, Phil, Rabbi the same - young players, it depends. Playing for Manchester City is like playing for Barcelona, it's not easy," he said.

"[Youngsters] can compete with [Raheem] Sterling, [Leroy] Sane, Bernardo, [Riyad] Mahrez, it's not easy.

"You fight for the place and the others compete. We trust them. The others go because they have not had the opportunity.

"I won't say it's a bad decision, [Matondo] is going to play more minutes, maybe he needs more time, the future will tell if it's a good or bad decision, but he decided.

"I saw him play against Freiburg, [he is] so fast and with minutes he will learn and we are going to see. Not all the players around the world can play for Manchester City. The space [in the squad] is the space."

Guardiola confirmed John Stones and Gabriel Jesus did not travel to Germany due to respective groin and hamstring complaints.

"It is not a big one for both, according to the doctor, but enough for them not to be here," he explained.

Kevin De Bruyne thinks talk of Manchester City achieving an unprecedented quadruple this season remain far-fetched.

The Premier League leaders return to Champions League action at Schalke on Wednesday and are heavy favourites to progress in a last-16 tie against a team languishing 14th in the Bundesliga.

Sunday brings the EFL Cup final against a Chelsea team City hammered 6-0 earlier this month, while the FA Cup quarter-final draw granted Pep Guardiola's team a trip to Championship outfit Swansea City.

But speaking at a pre-match news conference in Essen, former Wolfsburg star De Bruyne insisted he only had eyes for Schalke.

"I think the goal is not to win the four competitions; the goal is to win every game and, the further you progress, you want to win the next game," he said.

"On Sunday we can win the competition but you cannot say at the beginning we are going to win four.

"We are happy with where we are, we want to progress to the quarter-finals [in the Champions League] and be closer to winning it.

"But to win all four and set that standard is nearly impossible."

Belgium midfielder De Bruyne has had his season interrupted by two medial knee ligament injuries.

"The injuries, in the end, are what they are," he added. "I had two, it's not nice but it's part of football.

"I've been fortunate until now with injuries in my career. I feel okay, I don't know if I feel fresh.

"Sometimes it’s nice to feel a flow and just keep going. That was what happened last season.

"Now it's been difficult, six months is a long time. But I'm feeling better and better, doing better than after my last injury and I'm happy with that."

Anything other than a "masterful win" for Manchester City over Schalke in the Champions League would be a surprise to Michael Ballack.

Premier League champions City take on the Bundesliga's 14th-placed side in the first leg of their last-16 tie in Gelsenkirchen on Wednesday.

Domenico Tedesco's side have won just one of their past five matches in all competitions, while City have been victorious in 12 of their previous 13 outings.

Former Bayern Munich and Chelsea midfielder Ballack believes it is the most one-sided draw in the Champions League and is anticipating routine progression for Pep Guardiola's men.

Ballack told Omnisport: "If you look at their performance they [Schalke] are the big underdog.

"Anything but a masterful win by Man City would surprise me, but Schalke has nothing to lose. They can maybe try a tactical trick or surprise the opponent with a powerful game.

"There is not much that could make me confident that Schalke could win this match because they didn't show any strengths in the last matches.

"To be honest, I have to say that between these two opponents there is the biggest gap of all the matches."

Schalke head coach Domenico Tedesco is keen to manage expectations around Rabbi Matondo ahead of the teenager's highly anticipated reunion with Manchester City in the Champions League.

Matondo joined Schalke from City last month for a fee reported to be in the region of £11million despite never featuring for Pep Guardiola's first-team.

The 18-year-old followed the trail blazed by England international Jadon Sancho from the City academy to the Bundesliga and told iNews the promise of greater opportunities was key to his decision.

"I was at the club for two and a half years, I didn't break into the first team. I was inspiring myself to try and break into that first team but it didn't happen," Matondo said.

"Of course, Manchester City's a great football club, great players, great manager, so there's nothing I could say bad about them. I'm just grateful that Schalke said they'd give me opportunities and that's what I'm getting right now, more than I would have at City."

The Wales international has played three times since moving to Schalke and was handed a full Bundesliga debut in Saturday's goalless draw with Freiburg.

Nevertheless, Tedesco was keen not to fuel an intriguing narrative ahead of game his team enter as underdogs.

"He was born in 2000. We have followed the player for a long time, and we had a good feeling about him from the start," he said.

"He's a very young player. We, and he, need patience."

On Schalke's chances of overcoming the reigning Premier League champions in the last-16 clash, Tedesco said: "Of course we believe in a victory. We are the underdog, we are clearly not the favourites.

"But nevertheless, we deserved to make it through to the last 16 and were competitive against strong teams in the group phase. We managed to achieve 11 points in our group.

"But we know Manchester City are a strong team to oppose. We need to have our best day."

Tedesco confirmed club captain Ralf Fahrmann will get the nod over Alexander Nubel, while midfielder Nabil Bentaleb is expected to be available.

"That's the good news of this week that Nabil Bentaleb has no pain anymore," he added, having recently called into question the former Tottenham player's attitude. "He is without pain so should be fit."

Gabriel Jesus and John Stones missed the open section of Manchester City's Tuesday training session ahead of the Premier League side's trip to Schalke in the Champions League.

Striker Jesus and centre-back Stones played the entirety of Saturday's 4-1 win at Newport County in the FA Cup but are reportedly suffering from hamstring and groin complaints respectively.

Stones featured in every match as City topped their group, with Jesus netting a hat-trick in the 6-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk.

There was better news for Pep Guardiola ahead of Wednesday's match in Gelsenkirchen as club captain Vincent Kompany and left-back Benjamin Mendy trained for the second successive day following their latest spells on the sidelines.

Kompany has not featured since his troublesome calves flared up again during last month's 2-1 win over Liverpool, while Mendy suffered swelling following his return from knee surgery against Burton Albion in the semi-finals of the EFL Cup.

City face Chelsea in the final of the latter competition at Wembley on Sunday.

Eden Hazard should leave Chelsea and would become a better player at Real Madrid, according to former Belgium international Emile Mpenza.

Hazard's contract at Stamford Bridge expires at the end of next season and this month he said he has made a decision about his future, though he did not offer any further information.

The 28-year-old has been heavily linked with a switch to Madrid, a path trodden by former Chelsea team-mate and Belgium colleague Thibaut Courtois in the close season.

Ex-Manchester City striker Mpenza believes heading to the Santiago Bernabeu would enable Hazard to take his career to new heights.

"I think he wrote a page in Chelsea's history book and now he has to try to go somewhere else," Mpenza told Omnisport.

"A player always wants to move to another team to improve. Real Madrid won three Champions Leagues [in a row], and Hazard hasn't won it with Chelsea.

"If he wants to improve, he can go to Madrid to become stronger."

Mpenza warned City not to underestimate Schalke - another of his former teams - in the Champions League last-16 tie, the first leg of which takes place at the Veltins-Arena on Wednesday.

However, he believes Pep Guardiola's side are the favourites to retain the Premier League title due to Liverpool's history of struggling against teams beneath them in the table.

"We always try to go through, but we failed. This year it's a very tough game against Schalke. People are saying that we are favourites, but it's football, we never know," said Mpenza.

On the domestic battle with City and Liverpool locked on 65 points at the summit, though the Reds have a game in hand, he added: "It's possible [City will win the league]. Now they're tied with Liverpool, but Liverpool are always in the race until the end for the past two-three years.

"And I think City could win again this year because they have a lot of experience … and Liverpool has been losing games they shouldn't lose in the final stretch in the past.

"So I think City has an advantage when it comes to winning the league."

Leonardo Bonucci says he turned down the chance to sign for Real Madrid in order to return to Juventus.

Bonucci left Juve for fellow Serie A side AC Milan in 2017 but re-signed for the Italian champions after a single season with the Rossoneri.

Having previously claimed to have been a target for Manchester City, Bonucci earlier confirmed he was pursued by their Premier League rivals Manchester United before rejoining Juve.

And ahead of his side's Champions League last-16 first leg away to Atletico Madrid, Bonucci revealed the tournament's holders Real Madrid tried to sign him too.

"It is the truth: Madrid looked for me," Bonucci told AS. "It has been a pride and a pleasure to be in their sights, it means that I have worked well in these years.

"But the call of Juventus and the desire to return to feel at home took my heart to decide that the white and black colours suit me better."

Bonucci explained an illness suffered by one of his children, Matteo, was among his motivations to go back to Serie A champions Juve.

"I knew this decision would cause controversy but I know myself," he added. "I know how to respond in the field.

"How did my son Lorenzo react? He's happy because dad came home. Last year I was almost always in Milan and he could not see me. It was one of the reasons why I came back.

"It was a very tough five months, and I understood what my priorities were. Before, the desire to go far, to be a great player, led me to put football and family in the same place.

"I learned, thanks to Matteo, that I can live without football, but not without my family, my children. It is the ugliest thing that can happen to you, but luckily now everything is fine."

Juventus are on track to win an eighth consecutive Serie A title, with Massimiliano Allegri's side 13 points clear of Napoli, but Bonucci denies they are cruising.

"It is not as easy as it looks. The level of Italian football has improved," he said. "I'll be honest: there was a time when Juve were far above the others.

"You played against Napoli, Inter and Milan and felt that you were going to win without problems, now it is not like that. In the last two or three years especially Napoli were very close."

Manchester City winger Leroy Sane will head back to the club and the competition where it all began for him this week.

Reunions have been a theme of the Champions League last-16, with Angel Di Maria having the last laugh when he helped Paris Saint-Germain to a 2-0 win at Manchester United after being barracked by the Old Trafford faithful.

There is likely to be a far different feel when Sane returns to the Veltins Arena for the first leg of City's meeting with Schalke, the Bundesliga team he left to move to the Premier League for an initial £37million in August 2016.

"The fans at Schalke are amazing and he didn't do anything wrong. They're proud that a big player like Leroy is one of their own," former Switzerland international Tranquillo Barnetta, who played alongside Sane in Gelsenkirchen, told Omnisport.

"They see it like this, so that's why I think it will be a good welcome."

Barnetta made his own return to Schalke for the 2014-15 campaign, following a season-long loan and Eintracht Frankfurt, as a gifted young attacker made an instant impression upon graduating to the first-team squad.

"You already saw his talent in the beginning in practice," he said of the then-18-year-old Sane. "It was impressive how he did everything.

"In the beginning, usually young players need some time but he was already there and present on the pitch, trying his things.

"He needed a couple more games to really make the breakthrough but, of course, with his speed and his talent I already saw that this was a special kid."

Roberto Di Matteo replaced Jens Keller as head coach in the October and Sane made his second Bundesliga appearance the following month, coming on for the last 10 minutes of a 4-1 win over Mainz.

He ended the campaign with three goals from 13 top-flight games, seven of which came as a starter. But Sane truly announced himself as an exceptional talent in an unforgettable Champions League last-16 encounter at the Santiago Bernabeu.

"We lost the first game against Real Madrid 2-0, so we had nothing to lose," Barnetta, now starring once again for hometown club St Gallen, recalled. "We thought maybe, if we can score, there is a little, little chance."

They did just that – Christian Fuchs and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar establishing first-half leads that were cancelled out on each occasion by Cristiano Ronaldo.

An injury to Eric Maxim Choupo Moting saw Sane introduced for a Champions League debut before the half hour and, after Karim Benzema put Madrid ahead on the night, the teenager took centre stage.

Collecting a pass from Fuchs on the right-hand corner of the penalty area, Sane shifted inside and curled a vicious shot beyond Iker Casillas – becoming the youngest player to score against Madrid in the competition in the process.

Sane proved a menace for an increasingly petrified Madrid backline and a driving run through midfield – that trademark shift in direction that somehow appears at once jolting and smooth was already in evidence – helped to create Huntelaar's second, making it 4-3 to Schalke and ensuring a grandstand finish.

"I'm not sure everyone recognised how close it was. In the last minutes we had a chance with [Benedikt] Howedes. If he scored this header we would have gone through and it would have been amazing," Barnetta recalled, having been wowed by his youthful team-mate.

"He was not afraid of Real Madrid or the Bernabeu and the fans. He just came on the pitch and did his thing.

"I always say that there is a little bit of luck in a career. Maybe his luck was that he could score in this game.

"Everybody was watching this game and if you score against Madrid everybody is talking about you. If you score an amazing goal like Leroy did, all the clubs are asking, 'Who is this guy?'."

There have been bumps in the road since, most notably Sane's surprise omission from Germany's shambolic World Cup defence in Russia.

But season-on-season improvement is in evidence under Pep Guardiola and, with talks over a new contract on-going, Barnetta feels the sky is the limit.

"It's a hard question, how good he can be," he added, as Sane enters the Schalke game with 12 goals and 13 assists to his name this term in all competitions.

"But if he is continuing like this, to get even stronger and trying to score more goals than he already did, he can be so important for a team.

"He can make the difference, even if a team is not playing well, and that is what every team is looking for.

"I don't know how much you have to improve if you are already playing for one of the best teams.

"I just hope for him he is continuing like this and, if he spends the rest of his life at Man City, it will be a great career."

Jurgen Klopp confirmed Liverpool were interested in signing Borussia Dortmund sensation Jadon Sancho when he was at Manchester City, but the Premier League champions would not sell to the Reds.

Sancho left City for the Bundesliga in August 2017 and has been a revelation in Germany, scoring seven goals and setting up another nine in 22 league matches this season.

The 18-year-old earned his first senior England caps towards the end of last year and already looks as though he is set to become a mainstay, such is the talent he has shown early in his career.

Sancho arguably would not be in such a position had he stayed at City, however, as he decided to leave in search of greater exposure to first-team football.

Had things gone differently, he could have even ended up at Anfield.

"Buying English players is a smart idea because we would never have a chance to get Sancho," Klopp told reporters on Monday ahead of Liverpool's Champions League clash with Bayern Munich.

"We are not blind. We saw him [Sancho], we liked him and then we think, 'Can we get him?'

"No, because English clubs don't sell to other English clubs. I don't know exactly what the reason is for that, but they don't do it."

Eager to not miss out on another English talent after seeing Sancho go to Dortmund, Bayern have made no secret of their desire to sign Callum Hudson-Odoi of Chelsea.

Some have suggested Bundesliga clubs' interest in young English players is a consequence of a perceived lack of talented German youth players, though Klopp is unconvinced.

"There is no dip," he said. "Six or seven years ago you had all these boys coming up – Marco Reus, Andre Schurrle, Mario Gotze, Thomas Muller, Mats Hummels – and it was clear when they became Under-21 European champions it would be a generation of proper quality.

"England now has that situation. It is like a wave with one country a little bit up and another country down. Now they can go to Germany, which is a wonderful league.

"I saw the Dortmund game against Tottenham and it was a completely open game in the first half. I don't see German football in a bad situation.

"It is a normal situation as well, a bit like Bayern. They have been unbelievably successful and now the next generation has to come up.

"That will happen again. The Bundesliga is a fantastic league and everything will be fine for them, but at the moment I am in the Premier League and more interested in what we have to do here."

Manchester United will visit Wolves in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup after cruising past Chelsea on Monday.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side were in ruthless form against the Blues at Stamford Bridge, first-half goals from Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba booking their spot in the last eight.

Manchester City, who thumped Newport County 4-1 on Saturday, will once again be on the road after being drawn away to Championship side Swansea City.

Watford host Crystal Palace in an all-Premier League affair, while Championship side Millwall host top-flight Brighton and Hove Albion.

The ties will be played between March 15 and 17.

Draw in full:

Swansea City v Manchester City

Watford v Crystal Palace

Wolves v Manchester United

Millwall v Brighton and Hove Albion

Ilkay Gundogan looks at his Manchester City team-mate David Silva with great admiration, adamant any player would learn just by watching the Spanish playmaker. 

Silva joined City in 2010 after rising to prominence in LaLiga with Valencia, persuading the club to fork out a reported £25million for him. 

Initially there were doubts about Silva's suitability to the more physical Premier League, particularly in a central position, but any such reservations were swiftly swept away. 

The 33-year-old quickly became a mainstay and his longevity and general excellence have led to some suggesting he is the Premier League's greatest foreign player. 

Gundogan believes his colleague is an example to anyone. 

"You learn more about football in general when you watch players like David," Gundogan said on DAZN's Talking Tactics show. 

"David is extremely strong in the small turns, in decision-making and in the passing game. If you have a midfielder like David against you who plays such passes, then I do not want to be a full-back.

"It does not matter if you have to go into one-on-one situations against David or defend the passing route - both are extremely difficult.

"Nevertheless, one should always be careful with all esteem. You shouldn't want to imitate everything [of another player], if it does not fit your own game."

Gundogan also thinks highly of Mario Gotze, his international colleague and former Borussia Dortmund team-mate.

The City midfielder joined Dortmund in 2011, just after Gotze – then a teenager – had broken into Dortmund's first-team and looked destined for the top, and Gundogan found his ability intimidating.

"There was once a player [Gotze] I found incredible in training," he added. "A player I thought, 'What is he doing?' This player was Mario Gotze.

"I thought: 'He must be only 18 or 19?' I was 20 or 21 years old myself. When I started training at Dortmund, this boy did things in training that made me think, 'wow, if he does not come all the way up, then I do not know [who will].' That was overwhelming for me.

"You just did not get the ball [from him]. I have often tried to defend against him. Whether the ball was in the air or on the foot, you did not manage to separate him from the ball.

"Mario has always made the right decisions, whether in dribbling or with a pass."

Phil Foden admits he will learn more from a potentially costly mistake against Newport County than his two goals that helped Manchester City to a 4-1 win.

The Premier League champions made hard work of their FA Cup fifth-round clash with their League Two opponents before two goals from Foden in a frantic final 15 minutes helped them reach the quarter-finals.

City led through Leroy Sane's 51st-minute opener before Foden's run and finish made it 2-0, and another fine strike from the 18-year-old restored their two-goal lead a minute after Padraig Amond halved the deficit.

Riyad Mahrez added an injury-time fourth as City kept their quadruple hopes alive, but Foden says he will dwell on an error in the first half, when he allowed Tyreeq Bakinson a free header that was saved brilliantly by Ederson.

"I let my man go in the first half and he nearly scored at the back post. That was a massive one," said Foden, who felt he made "a few" mistakes throughout.

"I'll definitely dwell on that [rather than the goals]. That's the thing I need to learn, the defensive side of the game. I'm going to work on that."

Foden has been a regular for City in domestic cups this term, but he is yet to make a start in the Premier League under Pep Guardiola.

The England youth international insists he simply has to keep making the most of the chances he gets to impress.

"I need to keep going. It's important to play my game every time I get a chance. That's what I'm trying to do," he said.

"I've been around the first team for a year now. I've learned everything I need to know regarding the basics with Pep.

"He's quite strict with his game plans. I know all that now. It's about stepping forward and trying to impress him. I'm ready to go and I'm trying to make my point."

Sergio Aguero feels Manchester City have "the capacity to win everything" and backed his team-mates to make history by winning four trophies this season.

Pep Guardiola's men returned to the top of the Premier League table after they strolled to a 6-0 victory over Chelsea, and they subsequently avoided an FA Cup upset by beating Newport County 4-1 in the fifth round on Saturday.

Ahead of a week in which City travel to Germany to face Schalke in the Champions League and then to Wembley to play Chelsea in the EFL Cup final, Aguero had his sights set on winning everything.

"If you get to this stage in the season with a chance to win four titles it means you are doing well," the Argentine striker told The Mirror.

"And I wish it would happen. I'm ­ambitious and you have to aim high.

"I know that nobody has ever done it before and I would like us to go down in history. For me, too, I want to be the one who scores goals in all the finals.

"I see this City team as having the ­capacity to win everything – and so that is our challenge."

Aguero's treble against Chelsea drew him level with Alan Shearer's record of 11 Premier League hat-tricks and took his goal tally for the campaign to 17 in 23 appearances.

At 30 years of age, the question of whether Aguero will finish his career at City or return to his homeland continues to surface but the club's record goalscorer said he has no plans to leave.

"City are a champion team with a champion coach," he said. "What else am I going to want?

"I'm very happy at City and for now I don't even think about leaving.

"It's a great club that always looks after its players. I saw it from the very first day I arrived and it’s continued ever since.

"I still don't know what I will do when I finish ­playing, but I will continue in the football world, that's for sure.

"For now I just dream of winning titles with City every season, that is my main challenge."

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