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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini was thrilled with his side’s performance as they beat Dynamo Kiev in Kiev, but he warned his players that their last-16 tie is not yet over.
City took control of the tie with a sensational performance and 3-1 win with Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Yaya Toure on target and Pellegrini was left very impressed with the quality shown by his payers.
"I'm very happy because it is a very good result,” said the City boss.
"It is not finished but playing away and having a two-goal lead is very good. The team played well and had lots of chances. Maybe when it was 2-1 we had moments of doubt, but then we got the third goal.
However, the City boss remained guarded against complacency ahead of the second leg and refused to accept that the tie is already over.
"Is the tie settled? No, it is important in football to never think it is finished. But to have that third goal gives us more confidence for the second leg."
City captain Vincent Kompany echoed his manager’s comments about the performance and he believes his side are in a great position to progress to the last eight.
"The performance was good, with a lot of high pressing, 3-1 is a good result and we are happy with it,” said Kompany.
"We are going into the second leg with a fairly good chance to go through, which has not been the case before. We looked like a team that was hungry for success tonight.
"I feel like I am contradicting myself a little after the FA Cup but I feel like every cup is a priority. Every game is a priority. It is not easy to predict which competition you will do well in."