City had laboured for much of the game but the finishing of Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko made the difference.
“It was a difficult moment,” the manager said. “We had a lot of important players injured and today I saw the same spirit from the players that I saw last year.
“In the first half we played well. Tottenham, I didn’t feel, had chances apart from a couple of set pieces. We need to improve there. But after they scored first I thought we played fantastic.”
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Five English clubs will compete in the last sixteen of the Champions League for the first time ever as Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham face some difficult away matches.