Manchester City boss, Manuel Pellegrini has asked for his side to be given more credit after managing to qualify for the next round of the Champions League. City overcame an incredible Bayern Munich side and yesterday defeated inform Roma to progress through to the next stage. However, Pellegrini believe his sides haven’t earned the plaudits they quite deserve.
Speaking to BBC Sport, the Peruvian manager said, “This team deserves a little bit more credit than the press gives us. Trust has been key. I had a lot of trust in what we could do.”
City had to play without some of their big name stars, Silva, Yaya Toure, Kompany and Aguero were all missing from the side.
“I said I didn’t want to talk about players not in the team,” said Pellegrini. “You must decide to play without Kompany, without Yaya Toure, without Silva, without Aguero… It’s difficult for a team.
“Before the game, I spoke with the players and I told them I thought we played the worst game of the season against Roma in Manchester. We were sure that, by playing the way we have been in the last few weeks, we could win and we did.
“We are playing in two different competitions. We have finished with the Champions League, we have qualified. We will start thinking about this again in February.”
City have qualified with thanks to goals from Samir Nasri and Pablo Zabaleta. With the Citizens now through to the next stage, England and City goalkeeper, Joe Hart believes his side have enough to win it.
“We are a strong unit and we believed in it,” Hart said.
“We’ve got resolve, we’ve got character and we’ve got great players. Add that all together and you have a chance.”
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