Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini believes nothing is finished yet after Nigeria’s Kelechi and his team-mates won 3-1 at Dynamo Kyiv on Wednesday with the Nigerian international making his UEFA Champions League debut.
Yaya Touré struck a fine late effort as the English side closed in on a first ever UEFA Champions League quarter-final appearance but the Manchester City manager who was criticized for playing a weakened side in Sunday’s 5-1 fifth-round defeat at Chelsea in the FA Cup praised his team’s performance but warns against contentment.
“It is a very important result but nothing is finished. The worst thing for us is to think we’ve already done everything after a 3-1 away win. It’s important to understand that we face a big team in Dynamo Kyiv. Now we have more chance of reaching the next round but we need to play well in the second leg.
“I think we have improved compared with the last two seasons. We were unlucky to be drawn against Barcelona then and everyone knows how hard is to play against the best team in the world. This season we won the group and that was really important. Now we need to play well for another 90 minutes at home and use our chance to get to the next round.” Pellegrini told UEFA.com
The City boss also said his decision to prioritize the Champions League over the FA Cup was vindicated by the win at Dynamo Kiev.
“For managers, it’s always important to take the right decisions. We must respect all competitions but in this situation, it was a right decision to give a rest to the players at the weekend. It really influenced the way we played today.
“This game had two parts. In the first half, we scored two goals and had a few other chances. After the break Dynamo scored with a deflection and improved a lot. Joe Hart made a crucial save when they could have levelled, and fortunately we scored again in the final minutes.” The Manchester City boss added.