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Manuel Pellegrini delighted with achievement, confirms Vincent Kompany will miss one month


Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini was delighted after his side reached the Last 8 of the Champions League.

It is the first time the Citizens reach the Quarter Finals in the history of the club.

But it comes at a price as defenders Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi both suffered injuries with the Belgium international expected to be out for a month.

"We are very happy for the achievement because it's important for this club to improve every season," Pellegrini 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 had a very difficult group with teams from the best leagues in Europe and we won it. We are now more experienced for winning the group and this means we are better prepared to go further.

"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.

"Vincent [Kompany] unfortunately again has a muscle injury in his calf, the same one he has had before. We will know tomorrow how important the injury is. Always with muscle injuries it means one month.

"He must be very strong mentally because he has to accept that there is nothing anybody can do immediately.

"Nicolas Otamendi received a kick and in just a couple days he could recover, we will see the way it develops."

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