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CL: Man City can't assume qualification to the quarters, says Manuel Pellegrini

Manchester City manger Manuel Pellegrini believes their tie against Dynamo Kyiv is not over despite enjoying a 3-1 lead from the first-leg encounter

Manchester: Manuel Pellegrini urged his Manchester City players to re-focus on the Champions League following their disappointing 0-0 draw against Premier League strugglers Norwich City at Carrow Road.

Manuel Pellegrini
Manuel Pellegrini

City have never yet made it beyond the last 16 in Europe's premier club competition but hold a 3-1 lead over Dynamo Kyiv from the first leg in the Ukraine.

But Pellegrini believes the tie with Dynamo is not over. "If we can get to the quarter-final of the Champions League for the first time, of course that will be another important achievement," said the Chilean, who will leave City at the end of the season.

"But one of the worst things we can do is to think that we have already qualified. "They are a big team who play attacking football in their league so we must be wary about that."

Manchester City's defenders Aleksandar Kolarov (left) and Vincent Kompany warm up with teammates during a training session in Manchester yesterday. City play Dynamo Kyiv in a Champions League Round-of-16 second-leg match today. Pic/AFP
Manchester City's defenders Aleksandar Kolarov (left) and Vincent Kompany warm up with teammates during a training session in Manchester yesterday. City play Dynamo Kyiv in a Champions League Round-of-16 second-leg match today. Pic/AFP

Pellegrini refused to rule his side out of the title race, but said that today's Champions League clash is now the immediate priority.

"Every time you drop points in the Premier League it becomes more difficult. But it will not change my mind. We think we can do it, but the most important thing now is to focus on the Champions League game and try and qualify for the next stage."

Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid will take on PSV Eindhoven at home for the second-leg after a goalless first round.

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