Manuel Pellegrini has described Manchester City’s Champions League quarter-final draw with Paris Saint-Germain as “difficult” but is happy the club has avoided Barcelona.
The manager also clarified Vincent Kompany’s injury, stating it is to a different calf to his last problem and that he is hopeful the defender can return in a month.
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This is contrary to Marc Wilmots, the Belgium head coach, who said of his captain on Friday: “Vincent Kompany will be out for six to eight weeks. He’s injured the other calf.”
However Pellegrini said: “I am talking to the doctor and I think Vincent has an injury in the other leg,” he said.
“It’s João Cancelo Trikot Kinder not the same calf as last time. It’s a new injury in the other calf. It’s not really in the calf, but high behind the knee. We will see how he improves, but maybe in one month he can be ready, so in part of the season, he will play again.”
Pellegrini believes Kompany’s malady is similar to the one which recently kept Aleksandar Kolarov out for three weeks.
“It’s similar to the injury Kolarov had one month ago,” he said.
“Kolarov needed three weeks so maybe in one month he can come back. It’s important the way he improves in the first two weeks if he can start working. It’s difficult to say, but our first thoughts are that maybe in one month he can be ready.”
Regarding the Champions League meeting with PSG, the first leg of which is at the Parc de Princes on 6 April, Pellegrini said: “It’s a difficult draw as always. When you are among the best eight teams in Europe, it’s always a difficult draw.
At the moment, Barcelona are the team that makes a difference. All the others are exactly the same. You never know what is an easy draw.
“We are in the eight best teams, maybe one team can have less of a name than another, but they are in the same stage because they deserve it and because they eliminated important Ny fotballdrakter teams. So I don’t think the last eight you can have an easy draw.”
Pellegrini is pleased City are at the Etihad Stadium for the second leg. “Yes, that’s better. I always prefer to finish at home, the first leg away so you know what you must do in your home game,” he said.
On Sunday City host Manchester United in the 171st derby. Nicolás Otamendi will know on Saturday if he has recovered in time from a dead leg suffered in the goalles draw with Dynamo Kyiv on Tuesday.
“We’ll see,” said the manager. “Nico is running but it’s a risk if he takes another kick in the same leg. We’ll assess him on Saturday and decide.”
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