“Tie’s not settled” but Man City’s Pellegrini, Kompany feeling good after UCL win

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Manchester City is 90 minutes away from its first UEFA Champions League quarterfinal appearance after scooping up a trio of road goals in a 3-1 first leg win over Dynamo Kyiv on Wednesday.

[ UCL: Dynamo Kyiv 1-3 Man City | PSV 0-0 Atletico Madrid ]

Still alive for three pieces of hardware, City boss Manuel Pellegrini and captain Vincent Kompany praised their near complete effort in Ukraine while staying wary of the future.

Here’s Pellegrini, from the BBC:

“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.”

Kompany selected his words carefully after City got some grief for going with a youth-heavy squad in this weekend’s 5-1 loss to Chelsea in the FA Cup

After praising the performance of “unbelievable” — and he was — Joe Hart, Kompany called their chances to got through “fairly good”:

“We are going into the second leg with a fairly good chance to go through, which has not been the case before. We looked like a team that was hungry for success tonight.

“I feel like I am contradicting myself a little after the FA Cup but I feel like every cup is a priority. Every game is a priority. It is not easy to predict which competition you will do well in.”

The decision not to chase the quadruple not withstanding, Man City could use some positive momentum after a pair of losses in the Premier League and the FA Cup “debacle”.

One thing’s for sure, at least City is holding up its end of the bargain when it comes to keeping England’s reputation in Europe in a decent spot. Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United all trail in European competition, while Spurs and Liverpool are level.