MANCHESTER City proved a point against Roma by securing the win they needed to make it though to the knockout stage of the Champions League.
Manuel Pellegrini's men took full advantage of the chance they carved for themselves against the odds against Bayern in in the Etihad two weeks ago and beat Roma with a wonder strike from Samir Nasri and Pablo Zabelleta's first ever in the competition.
"The performance was amazing," said Nasri. "After my surgery, it took me time to come back to my full level but now I am there. We were a team tonight. The manager told us to take our time. We knew we had to be patient."
Goalkeeper Joe Hart believes that City have laid down a marker: "We're moving in the right direction," he said.
"It's a long way to come on a Wednesday night but we are a strong unit and we believe in what we are doing. You don't win the Premier League easily," he said.
With a six-game winning run under their belt, City can now concentrate on chasing down Chelsea at the top of the Premier League until the Champions League resumes in the New Year.
Chelsea finished their group in style with a 3-1 win over Sporting Lisbon at Stamford Bridge with goals from Cesc Fabregas, Andre Schurrie and John Obi Mikel.
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They join Arsenal and Manchester City in Monday's draw with Liverpool very firmly the odd man out in terms of the Premier League's ongoing interest in European premier competition..