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Pellegrini hails City's history boys

  • 15 March 2016 22:56
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Manuel Pellegrini lauded his side’s improvement in the Champions League after the Blues booked their place in Friday’s quarter final draw with a 3-1 aggregate victory over Dynamo Kyiv.

A goalless draw on the night was enough to see City safely into the last eight of Europe’s elite competition for the first time in the club’s history.

The Chilean said: “We are very happy for the achievement because it’s important for this club to improve every season.

“The last two seasons we were unlucky to play against Barcelona in the round of 16. We now arrive in the best eight teams in the competition for the first time and we will see how far we can go.

“We had a very difficult group with teams from the best leagues in Europe and we won it. We are now more experienced for winning the group and this means we are better prepared to go further.”

The progression did come at a cost for City though, with both Nicolas Otamendi and skipper Vincent Kompany limping off the pitch early in the first half.

Pellegrini is concerned he could be without both defenders for this Sunday’s visit of Manchester United, with Kompany potentially facing a longer spell on the sidelines.

“Vincent unfortunately again has a muscle injury in his calf, the same one he has had before. We will know tomorrow how important the injury is. Always with muscle injuries it means one month,” said Pellegrini.

“He must be very strong mentally because he has to accept that there is nothing anybody can do immediately.

“Nicolas Otamendi received a kick and in just a couple days he could recover, we will see the way it develops.”

On the game itself, a match in which City rarely looked like sacrificing the lead they earned in Ukraine three weeks ago, Pellegrini was delighted with the defensive performance of his side.

“We normally are a team who always score so we get criticism about not keeping clean sheets. We have kept three in-a-row now,” he continued.

“It was important for us to keep the ball and not let them create chances. They knew before the game they had to score three.”

The quarter final draw for the Champions League will take place this Friday at 11:00am GMT.

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