Manchester City will hope to experience no scares as they attempt to rubber-stamp their place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League by closing out their last 16 tie with Dynamo Kiev.
With such a handsome lead to bring into this one following such a good performance in the first leg, seeing this one through should not be much of a problem for City as the visitors need to score three times at the Etihad Stadium to even have a chance of progressing, so the key here will be to play sensibly and ensure that they take no unnecessary defensive risks. Skipper Vincent Kompany would surely not let it happen.
Looking back at City’s recent outings, the display in Kiev is head and shoulders above the rest as they played with intensity, intent and most importantly a clinical edge in the final third, with Yaya Toure’s late third seemingly all but deciding the tie. The Ukrainians were not bad by any means and launched a spirited second half comeback, but just could not match the quality of their opponents on the night.
Their biggest threat by some distance was Andriy Yarmolenko, who can torment the Sky Blues again here if his side can gain some forward momentum and by isolating left-back Gael Clichy. He is Dynamo Kiev’s only real chance of salvaging something from this tie, but whatever happens here they have had a very good Champions League campaign.
With the Capital One Cup having already been won and the club unlikely to make up a sizeable gap to the top of the Premier League, City boss Manuel Pellegrini is prioritising this competition during the final few months of his tenure. He is on the brink of taking the club to the last eight for the first time, and they are capable of anything when at their best. Get through this match and watch the quarter-final draw; it will then be interesting to see what their true credentials are.
Pellegrini is likely to make changes to the team that started in the goalless draw at Norwich City on Saturday, with possible recalls for Raheem Sterling and Pablo Zabaleta. Midfielder Toure should recover from a heel injury in time to play.
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