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Kompany: Man City Must Win UCL Group

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Manchester City has advanced to the knock-out stages of the UEFA Champions League following Tuesday's 3-1 win in Spain against Sevilla. But the Blues skipper Vincent Kompany feels the side must win Group D to ensure the club makes the necessary progress in the competition. Manchester City can win the group with a win in Turin over Juventus on Matchday 5 - it would be the Blues first time as group champions and would likely ensure City avoids the likes of Bayern, Barcelona or Real Madrid in the Round of 16.

Kompany said: "Our game plan was perfect today, we defended solidly, won our aerial battles and were spot on all over the pitch. 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.

"One thing I can say about this game is that we weren't naïve. When English teams come up against European teams we have to adapt our style, but we played in a very British way tonight because we had a big man up front with lots of running through midfield and we hurt them.

"So English football is not all bad - we brought the best of it today and defeated a very strong team. The guys up front caused problems for the Sevilla defenders throughout and Raheem and Jesus were constantly getting behind their back four so we're very pleased with this result."