Pellegrini: One step further

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini was happy to see his team reach the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time after their 0-0 draw with Dynamo Kiev on Tuesday.

A goalless second leg at the Etihad Stadium saw the English side progress with a 3-1 win on aggregate after doing the job during the first leg in Ukraine.

"We are very happy for the achievement because it's important for this club to improve every season," the Chilean coach said.

"The last two seasons we were unlucky to play against Barcelona in the round of 16. We now arrive in the best eight teams in the competition for the first time and we will see how far we can go.

"We normally are a team who always score so we get criticism about not keeping clean sheets. We have kept three in-a-row now. 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."

Sergio Aguero opened the scoring in the first leg, but with no need to push forward in the second leg he admitted that his side just had to wait out their aggregate advantage.

"The game was a bit weird because we waited for Kyiv to push a bit more, but they seemed relaxed," the Argentine striker said. "We had nothing to lose.

"It's the first time City have qualified for the quarter final and I'm happy to get through. We were drawn against Barcelona the previous two years and they knocked us out. If you want to get far you'll have to face the best teams."

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