Vincent Kompany hailed Manchester City’s “perfect” game plan after they won 3-1 at Sevilla to make the last 16 of the Champions League.
City overpowered the Spaniards with a blistering first-half display that also propelled them to the top of Group D and into the knockout stages with two games to spare.
Manuel Pellegrini’s well set-up side did most of the damage inside the first eight minutes as the outstanding Fernandinho teed up Raheem Sterling for the opener and then headed in a second himself.
Benoit Tremoulinas pulled one back in an exhilarating spell at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium but Wilfried Bony tucked home City’s third nine minutes before the break to establish a control they never relinquished.
Kompany told BT Sport: “Our game plan was perfect. This was probably the best performance we’ve given in the Champions League so far.
“It’s an incredible achievement to have qualified with two games still to go and we now go on. It’s important for us to finish first in our group because we’ve been unlucky with draws before so we need to make sure we end as group winners.”
With Juventus again held by Borussia Monchengladbach, City now lead the group by a point from the Italians, who they face in their next game in three weeks’ time.
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