Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says his side has improved in the Champions League ahead of their second leg, round of 16 clash against Dynamo Kiev tonight.
The English side go into the second leg at the Etihad Stadium with a 3-1 advantage having won in Kiev a fortnight ago, and with one foot in the quarter finals, Pellegrini believes they have made serious improvements.
“I think we have improved in the competition because before I arrived here this group didn’t qualify for the last 16. We did it twice in the last two years. I think this year we have improved a little bit more because we have won the group and now we have the option to continue to the next round.”
The advantage notwithstanding, the Chilean is remaining level-headed as he insists they have not qualified to the quarter finals yet, despite the huge advantage.
“The most important thing is to know that we are not already qualified. We play against a big team who know how to play this type of game, so that for me is the first target of the club. After that, we try to see who we have to play in the quarter-finals.
“We are starting at 0-0 and trying to be a better team than Dynamo here at home. We will put out a strong squad. We need to win the game and will put out the strongest squad we can.”
City could come up against Bayern Munich in the quarter finals, and if that happens, they will be facing Pep Guardiola, who is set to take over at the Etihad next season.