Manchester City manager, Manuel Pellegrini, believes his side will take confidence in the Manchester derby on Sunday following a consummate performance in their opening Champions League fixture with a 3-0 win over Viktoria Plzen.
Goals from Edin Dzeko, Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero in the space of 10 minutes early in the second half secured a comfortable Group D victory against the Czech champions.
In a fortnight, City will face Bayern Munich next in Europe at the Etihad Stadium, so victory over Plzen was a necessity. Importantly, victory will also help to calm the nerves of most of City’s squad, who failed to win a match last season in the Champions League.
By banishing their demons and securing a result Pellegrini’s side can now look to Sunday’s derby against title rivals Manchester United with confidence.
Speaking to The Telegraph, Pellegrini said: "It will give confidence for all the players.
"We have the derby next Sunday and always winning away in the Champions League, scoring three goals, having at least three or four more chances to score and a clean sheet - I think it will give all the players a lot of confidence for the next games."
In addition, City captain, Vincent Kompany, can’t wait for this weekend’s Manchester derby.
The defender has been sidelined after picking up a knock against Newcastle in the opening game of season, but featured for City in their victory over Plzen.
This is the first Manchester derby in the history of the Premier League that will not feature Sir Alex Ferguson in the Manchester United dug-out. Both teams' managers will be experiencing the tie for the first time, as Pellegrini and David Moyes are both new to their respective clubs.
Both teams head into Sunday’s game beside each other in the table, with United in 6th place and City above them in 5th.
Ahead of the derby, Kompany said: “It is a special game. It is becoming one of the most sought-after fixtures in the world and it is always great to be involved in such game. I never take them for granted.”
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