Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini believes that his side have not yet guaranteed qualification despite an emphatic 3-1 away win against Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League round of sixteen, according to reports from the Mirror.
The Citizens were in top gear in Ukraine on Wednesday night, with goals from Sergio Aguero, David Silva, and Yaya Toure giving them a huge advantage ahead of the second leg at the Etihad in two weeks’ time.
Kiev will need at least three goals in Manchester to have any chance of progressing, but despite their lead, Pellegrini has warned that they cannot be complacent and must finish the job, with the Sky Blues never progressing to the quarter-finals of Europe’s top-tier competitions.
“I’m very happy because it is a very good result,” he told BT Sport.
“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.
“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.”
The result is a big boost for City ahead of their Capital One Cup final clash against Liverpool this weekend, which is a contrast to their 5-1 FA Cup loss to Chelsea this past Sunday.