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Published: 22:44 | 15/3/16

Pellegrini hails important achievement

Predicts City will continue to grow

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini hailed the club's 'important achievement' after they qualified for the Champions League quarter-final for the first time in their history.

City played out a scoreless draw with Dynamo Kiev in the round of 16 second leg at the Etihad Stadium to win the tie 3-1 on aggregate after winning the first leg in Ukraine a fortnight ago.

Speaking after the game, Pellegrini said: "It was a tactical game, we didn't take any risks just to qualify and waited to see if they gave any space. They played a quiet game.

"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 goals.

"Unfortunately for Vincent Kompany, he has a calf problem again in his muscle so we will see how it is tomorrow. Nicolas Otamendi has had a kick and hopefully can recover in the next couple of days.

"It is difficult for Kompany because he came back very well, he played six games in-a-row but unfortunately for him he couldn't continue.

"It is a very important achievement for the club. Before we could not do it, we were very unlucky. It is not normal to play against Barcelona twice in the last-16. This is a club that is growing and continue to develop as a big club.

"We are going to see which is the best way to play. We normally are a team who always score so we get criticism about not keeping clean sheets. We have kept three clean sheets for three games in-a-row now.

"We will see the next game. In this knockout round, you should know how to play tactical games and we will see how far we can go."


By: Kieran O'Daly

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