Did Manchester City Deserve to go through?

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Updated: December 12, 2014

The Champions League has always been an uphill task for Manchester City, ever since they joined back in 2011 and this year has been no different with the team leaving it to the last game of the group stage to qualify.

City looked to be heading out of the competition, with them not winning any of their first 4 games. However their luck appeared to change with a 3-2 home win over one of the favourites this year Bayern Munich, which included a Sergio Aguero hat trick. This once again showed why he is one of the best players around at the moment. The win kept the chance of qualifying alive with the team progressing to the last 16 of the competition and the game against Roma Wednesday night just showed how well they can perform on the big stage.

City of course had to win in Rome, but they were without injured Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure was suspended and after failing a late fitness test Captain Vincent Kompany was out. With the 3 men most needed for this game missing, it was going to be a tough, but even though they have never won in Italy before they made sure they came home with the points with a 2-0 win against Roma, the goal scorers Samir Nasri and Pablo Zabaleta.

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart pulled off some magnificent saves to keep City in the game as Roma piled on the pressure in what were key moments for City to maintain their composure, this wasn’t the time for silly mistakes. With their 2-0 win over Roma and Bayern Munich beating CSKA Moscow 3-0, City secured their place into the last 16.

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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.”

If you look at the team overall, it’s not the best team in the competition, but if the whole team puts in a big performance like they did against Roma, they can beat anyone. This was a team that beat one of the best in Italy without their top goal scorer and their best defender on the pitch.

Manchester City deserved to qualify, yes they had 4 poor games by their standards especially when they were winning 2-0 at Moscow and then letting things slip to finish 2-2 in the end.  I know Manuel Pellegrini believed their worst game was at home to Roma and he told the players they could easily win if they played like they have been as of late.

The Champions League has now finished until February, but the draw for the last 16 is on Monday, below is the list of the group winners and runners up.

Winners Runners-Up
Group A Atletico Madrid Juventus
Group B Real Madrid Basel
Group C Monaco Bayer Leverkusen
Group D Borussia Dortmund Arsenal
Group E Bayern Munich Manchester City
Group F Barcelona PSG
Group G Chelsea Schalke

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