What next for Manchester City following Champions League progression?

Manchester City have made it to the quarter finals of the Champions League, but what does the near future have in store?

What next for Manchester City following Champions League progression?
The team that secured the latest stage of progression at Manchester City. Photo credit: Reuters/Phil Noble

It wasn't pretty, and it wasn't very exciting, but Manchester City achieved another milestone in the club's history by reaching the Champions League quarter finals for the first time following the 0-0 draw with Dynamo Kiev at the Etihad Stadium.

City knew they were comfortable with Kiev needing to win by three clear goals, and Kiev didn't do themselves too many favours by not having a go at the Premier League side, especially with their third and fourth choice centre halves having to play most of the game.

Jesús Navas hit the post just after the hour mark and Yaya Touré registered the Citizens' first shot on target after 72 minutes, which perhaps gives an indication of how the game panned out.

The Ivorian's third goal in the away leg in Kiev had sealed the tie, and City knew that. Toure did look up for it, but apart from that, nobody was particularly exuberant and whilst history was made, it was a night that won't live too long in the memories of the 43,630 fans in attendance.

Progression came at a cost

Barely four minutes were on the clock when club captain Vincent Kompany kicked the ball out for a throw in and dropped to the floor. He and everyone watching knew exactly what had happened - a repeat of his persistent calf problem.

It's a huge loss for City who needed the skipper to be fit in order to help ensure a top four finish this season, but immediate reports say Kompany faces at least a month out.

That set the tone for how the game was to pan out and made the atmosphere around the stadium rather flat pretty much straight away. and matters weren't helped when Nicolás Otamendi went off injured less than twenty minutes later, and the heart of City's defence was gone with only a quarter of the game played.

Time to look forward to the draw

We're now at the stage where anyone can draw anyone, although City can no longer draw any team from their domestic league as no other Engligh team progressed from the round of sixteen.

VfL WolfsburgReal Madrid, Benfica, Paris Saint-Germain, Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich, and FC Barcelona will join City in the draw in Nyon on Friday, with City potentially meeting manager-to-be Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich.

A tie between City and Benfica would be warmly welcomed by City fans, although any tie which sees the Blues avoid Barcelona or Bayern provides a tough but potential route to the semi finals.

Attention switches back to the Premier League

Before the quarter finals begin, there's two big game coming up in the domestic league for City. Obviously there's the huge occasion of the Manchester derby on Sunday, but the away trip to AFC Bournemouth is also crucial.

It goes without saying that City need points, with West Ham United and also Manchester United who would love to take City's place in the top four, and could well do so. 

It's been well documented that City tend to end the season rather strongly and indeed did win the last six in a row last season. It's time to put the awful inconsistency behind and win realistically, six or seven at least to cement the top four spot.