Manchester City (3) - (1) Dynamo Kyiv preview: Citizens aiming to seal last-eight Champions League berth

The Citizens will be looking to become England's first side through to the last-eight of this season's Champions League, currently holding a 3-1 aggregate advantage over their Ukrainian opponents ahead of kick-off.

Manchester City (3) - (1) Dynamo Kyiv preview: Citizens aiming to seal last-eight Champions League berth
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Following Saturday's dismal draw away to Norwich City, all eyes are now on the Champions League as the sky Blues can secure a place in the competition's quarter-finals for the first time in their history. 

Last time out

Two weeks ago in Kiev, Manchester City delivered a stellar performance, blowing away the Ukrainian outfit in a comfortable 1-3 victory. Apart from the goal conceded, the Citizens dominated proceedings and the gulf in class between the respective players was evident to see. Goals from Sergio Agüero, David Silva and Yaya Touré helped Manuel Pellegrini's men to a morale-boosting advantage ahead of this return leg. 

Team news

Manchester City are faced with no new injury concerns follwing Saturday's fixture - the midfield trio of Kevin de Bruyne, Samir Nasri and Fabian Delph are all expected to return by the time the quarter-finals roll around. Yaya Touré is deemed fit to play, after a rest this past weekend.   

Dynamo Kyiv meanwhile are more dogged by injuries with Danilo Silva and Junior Moraes (both hip) - who both played the first leg are doubts for the clash at the Etihad Stadium.

What they're saying

Manuel Pellegrini spoke about how City musn't approach the game lightly just because of their two-goal advantage, saying that the team will not play "with the score we got in Kyiv", instead just going to say "it's 0-0 and try to win the game tomorrow." 

First-choice goalkeeper Joe Hart meanwhile says that it's key for Manchester City to focus on the task in hand and not to worry about the troubles at home - saying that the team have to collectively "focus on one game at a time", looking at the Champions League fixture for the moment, before looking at "another big game" against local rivals Manchester United this Sunday afternoon.

Verdict

There are questions hanging over City right now, given their dismal performances in the league this year and their inconsistency, however some of the sky Blues' best football has come in Europe this season. I feel that their two-goal advantage will prove to be the difference - not to mention the greater quality within the City ranks.

Expect to see City in the Quarter-Finals draw on Friday.