Aris remain a threat warns Shaun Wright-Phillips

Manchester City winger Shaun-Wright Phillips says they still have much work to do if a place in the last 16 of the Europa League is to be secured.

A 0-0 draw against Aris Salonika last night would appear to give City the advantage going into the second leg at Eastlands next week.

However Wright-Phillips is cautious about their prospects, knowing the Greek side completed the double over current holders Atletico Madrid earlier in the campaign.

He said: "We know how dangerous they can be just from playing them and from video clips. We know how well they defend and how well they break.

"We will need to have our wits about us and that is why we know it won't be a formality. We could have snatched a victory but we will take the draw at the minute."

Former Wolfsburg striker Edin Dzeko could have put the tie out of Aris's reach but squandered a good chance in the first half and then later saw a header turned over the bar.

Wright-Phillips enjoyed the partisan atmosphere at a ground where Aris are unbeaten in 40 years of European competition.

He said: "The crowd are always behind their team no matter what. But now they have to come back to our place and our fans will do pretty much the same thing. So we will see how they deal with it.

"For the size of the crowd they create a great atmosphere. We had to block out the noise - we knew there would be whistling and jeering so we just had to concentrate on what we had to do."

Coach David Platt believes City are now the favourites to meet either Besiktas or Dinamo Kiev in the next round.

But like Wright-Phillips he is refusing to take anything for granted.

He said: "A lot of people will look at it and we are red hot favourites as we play in the Premier League and they are mid-table in their league.

"I have been involved in nights like this before and you make sure you go back and are the favourites for the next round. I think we are the favourites.

"We also know we have not got that away goal. They could come to our place and throw one in from 35 yards. So it is not over yet."

Next up is an FA Cup replay on Sunday against Notts County and Platt expects manager Roberto Mancini to field a strong side.

He said: "The manager takes all competitions seriously. He is in everything to win it. From now on in the FA Cup, the Europa League and the Premier League there won't be any experiments.

"We have a group of players all of whom we feel are capable of helping us win any game."

Mancini will monitor the fitness of James Milner and Nigel de Jong ahead of the weekend.

Milner suffered a hamstring strain following the derby defeat by Manchester United while de Jong has an ankle problem.

The bonus for Mancini was that striker Mario Balotelli made a cameo appearance against Aris - his first match in six weeks following a knee injury. He could now come into contention for a place in the starting line against the League One side.

Life and Style
Swimsuit, £245, by Agent Provocateur

Diving in at the deep end is no excuse for shirking the style stakes

Mario Balotelli, Divock Origi, Loic Remy, Wilfried Bony and Karim Benzema
transfersBony, Benzema and the other transfer targets
Spectators photograph the Tour de France riders as they make their way through the Yorkshire countryside
voicesHoward Jacobson: Line the streets for a cycling race? You might just as well watch a swarm of wasps
Life and Style
lifeHere's one answer to an inquisitive Reddit user's question
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
peopleDave Legeno, the actor who played werewolf Fenrir Greyback in the Harry Potter films, has died
Detail of the dress made entirely of loom bands
Life and Style
There were mass celebrations across Argentina as the country's national team reached their first World Cup final for 24 years
transfersOne of the men to suffer cardiac arrest was 16 years old
Arts and Entertainment
Armando Iannucci, the creator of 'The Thick of It' says he has
tvArmando Iannucci to concentrate on US show Veep
German supporters (left) and Argentina fans
world cup 2014Final gives England fans a choice between to old enemies
A mugshot of Ian Watkins released by South Wales Police following his guilty pleas
peopleBandmates open up about abuse
Basketball superstar LeBron James gets into his stride for the Cleveland Cavaliers
sportNBA superstar announces decision to return to Cleveland Cavaliers
Javier Mascherano of Argentina tackles Arjen Robben of the Netherlands as he attempts a shot
world cup 2014
Four ski officials in Slovenia have been suspended following allegations of results rigging
sportFour Slovenian officials suspended after allegations they helped violinist get slalom place
14 March 2011: George Clooney testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during a hearing titled 'Sudan and South Sudan: Independence and Insecurity.' Clooney is co-founder of the Satellite Sentinel Project which uses private satellites to collect evidence of crimes against civilian populations in Sudan
Caption competition
Caption competition

Bleacher Report

Daily World Cup Quiz
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting
Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

In the final part of our series, Chris Green arrives in Glasgow - a host city struggling to keep the politics out of its celebration of sport
Out in the cold: A writer spends a night on the streets and hears the stories of the homeless

A writer spends a night on the streets

Rough sleepers - the homeless, the destitute and the drunk - exist in every city. Will Nicoll meets those whose luck has run out
Striking new stations, high-speed links and (whisper it) better services - the UK's railways are entering a new golden age

UK's railways are entering a new golden age

New stations are opening across the country and our railways appear to be entering an era not seen in Britain since the early 1950s
Conchita Wurst becomes a 'bride' on the Paris catwalk - and proves there is life after Eurovision

Conchita becomes a 'bride' on Paris catwalk

Alexander Fury salutes the Eurovision Song Contest winner's latest triumph
Pétanque World Championship in Marseilles hit by

Pétanque 'world cup' hit by death threats

This year's most acrimonious sporting event took place in France, not Brazil. How did pétanque get so passionate?
Whelks are healthy, versatile and sustainable - so why did we stop eating them in the UK?

Why did we stop eating whelks?

Whelks were the Victorian equivalent of the donor kebab and our stocks are abundant. So why do we now export them all to the Far East?
10 best women's sunglasses

In the shade: 10 best women's sunglasses

From luxury bespoke eyewear to fun festival sunnies, we round up the shades to be seen in this summer
Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014: Lionel Messi? Javier Mascherano is key for Argentina...

World Cup final: Messi? Mascherano is key for Argentina...

No 10 is always centre of attention but Barça team-mate is just as crucial to finalists’ hopes
Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer knows she needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

18-year-old says this month’s Commonwealth Games are a key staging post in her career before time slips away
The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

A future Palestine state will have no borders and be an enclave within Israel, surrounded on all sides by Israeli-held territory, says Robert Fisk
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The German people demand an end to the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

The German people demand an end to the fighting
New play by Oscar Wilde's grandson reveals what the Irish wit said at his trials

New play reveals what Oscar Wilde said at trials

For a century, what Wilde actually said at his trials was a mystery. But the recent discovery of shorthand notes changed that. Now his grandson Merlin Holland has turned them into a play
Can scientists save the world's sea life from

Can scientists save our sea life?

By the end of the century, the only living things left in our oceans could be plankton and jellyfish. Alex Renton meets the scientists who are trying to turn the tide
Richard III, Trafalgar Studios, review: Martin Freeman gives highly intelligent performance

Richard III review

Martin Freeman’s psychotic monarch is big on mockery but wanting in malice