London: Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has heaped praise over his side’s much improved form during their 3-1 win over Dynamo Kyiv in the first leg of the Champions League last-16 tie at NSC Olimpiyskiy.
City produced a high class performance throughout the match, with forward Sergio Aguero and midfielder David Silva both scoring the goals in the first half.
Midfielder Yaya Tour came up with the third goal for his side in the 89th minute to give City with a perfect finish.
Jubilant with the performance, the 62-year-old said that it was quite nice to finish the away game with a two-goal difference.
“I think we pressed very well, we recovered the ball most of the time and we had at least three more chances in the first half when we pressed high,” the Chilean was quoted as saying by goal.com.
Pellegrini, however, admitted that his side missed a number of chances, adding that he was in doubt of winning the match until his side scored a third goal.
“You never think it’s finished but of course to have a third goal gives you a bit more confidence,” he added.
The manager, who believes that it was necessary to improve with each passing year in the Champions League, said that he hopes to see his side in the quarterfinals.
City, which are on the verge of their first ever Champions League quarter-final, will aim to seal the berth when they take on Dynamo in the second leg of the last-16 tie on March 16. (ANI)