Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has bemoaned the fact that short notice has left some Citizens fans unable to travel to the first leg of the Champions League last 16 encounter with Dynamo Kiev.

UEFA handed Kiev a punishment of playing the game behind closed doors shortly after they were found guilty of racial abuse in a group stage match against Chelsea in October.

However, after appealing the ban, it was reduced to just one game (their game against Maccabi Tel Aviv), preventing City fans from organise the trip in advance.

Pellegrini believes that an already-hard match will be made tougher by the lack of away support and suggested an alternative punishment that UEFA could have implemented.

Playing football without fans is the worst decision you can take.

Maybe they should have calculated the amount Kiev will make from this game and then give them a fine.

However, the Chilean still believes that his side have enough to overcome the Ukranian outfit and cited his European journey with Malaga as an example.

If we think that it will be easy then, for sure, we will be eliminated. I will always put up the example of Malaga.

Everyone wanted to play us because they thought it would be easy, but we beat some good teams.

The performance and the result is the important thing, not the team we are playing. We must play a very good game if we want to qualify.

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