Manchester City ensured their progression into the latter stages of the Champions League after beating Roma 2-0 with their manager praising his squad despite missing a number of key players, Skysports reports.
Manuel Pellegrini had to come away from this fixture with nothing less than three points and when the final whistle blew, he did just that.
They were without Vincent Kompany, Yaya Toure, David Silva, and Sergio Aguero, all vital members of the squad, but still managed to get the job done courtesy of goals from Samir Nasri and Pablo Zabaleta.
“I said that I do not want to complain about the players that are not in our team,” said Pellegrini after the match.
“It is difficult to play without Kompany, Silva, Aguero and Toure and I think that this team deserve a little bit more credit than the press always give us, because even without Sergio the team qualified and we played well in Europe, the same way we have in the Premier League.
“We are playing in two different competitions, and now we are finished in the Champions League, we have qualified and we start thinking about this in February,” he added.