Martinez - Sky is the limit

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Wigan boss Roberto Martinez believes Man City have the potential to emulate Barcelona and 'achieve anything in world football'.

Wigan boss also frustrated with his side's performance

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez believes Manchester City have the potential to emulate Barcelona and 'achieve anything in world football'. The Spaniard saw his side pulled to pieces at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, as a Sergio Aguero hat-trick secured the points. Carlos Tevez, despite missing a first-half penalty, was also excellent, while David Silva was again almost unplayable. The fluidity of City's attacking performance drew post-match comparisons to European champions Barcelona. And while Martinez did not want to make direct parallels, he was impressed by the Aguero-Tevez-Silva combination. "What is quite clear is that they do not play in straight lines," said the Wigan boss. "They have got a fantastic football awareness and they are wonderful players to watch. "The understanding between Silva, Aguero and Tevez - that is something special. That is why football becomes so creative and so unpredictable and so difficult to stop."

Flashes

Asked directly if City could emulate Barcelona, Martinez said: "Only time will tell. I think Barcelona, three years ago, when they started with Frank Rijkaard, they had little flashes like Manchester City showed. "Three years down the line, you'll be able to compare to a side like Barcelona. Nobody can be compared to Barcelona yet. You have to win many titles, you have to play many games together. "But what is quite clear is that the ingredients of this Manchester City have got the capability to achieve anything in world football." Meanwhile, Martinez was left frustrated with his side's performance as they surrendered an unbeaten record. He said: "It is fair to say that Manchester City have earned the status to be title challengers. "But from our point of view, when you come to places like this you need to be perfect. I don't think we were. "I think we were far, far away from what we can be. If you don't perform at your best, the quality of the opposition will show."

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