Pellegrini vindicated as rested players seal big win in Kiev
There can be no argument – Manuel Pellegrini, widely criticised in the British press for his decision to play youngsters against Chelsea in last weekend’s FA Cup tie, got it right. Manchester City have consistently failed to impress in Europe’s premier competition since the injection of millions of dollars by Abu Dhabi-based City Football Group in 2008. Only a disaster at the City of Manchester Stadium next week will prevent City from reaching the quarter finals for the first time.
Sergio Aguero opened the scoring before David Silva doubled the lead as City took complete control of the first half. Vitaliy Buyalsky pulled one back for the hosts soon after the break, but Yaya Touré scored in the final minutes to give City a comfortable two goal lead going into the return fixture.
In the evening’s other fixture, Atlético Madrid failed to take advantage of an extra man at PSV Eindhoven, after Pereiro was sent off in the 69th minute. All is not lost for the Dutch side however, as Atlético have only scored 7 goals in their last 8 Champions League games, guaranteeing a competitive tie in Madrid in two weeks time.
The Europa League round of 32 returns this evening, with Manchester United hoping to overturn a one goal deficit at home to FC Midtjylland, and Galatasaray travel to Lazio, with the tie poised at one apiece.