Patrick Vieira and Adam Johnson have reflected on the clinical win over Red Bull Salzburg that saw City qualify for the knock-out stages of the Europa League.
The England winger’s sublime strike 11 minutes from time followed a pair of goals from Mario Balotelli on a freezing night at Eastlands where the Blues were barely troubled by a poor Austrian side.
City got the win they wanted on a night where according to the experienced Frenchman everything went how they would have planned it.
“We wanted to start well and keep that up throughout the game,” declared Patrick. “We had them under pressure from the beginning, and of course scoring the first goal makes things a lot easier. I thought we deserved the win, we played quite well and everything went according to plan.
“The club has ambitions and wants trophies, that’s what we are trying for but there is a long way to go in this competition.”
Of the mercurial Italian striker who put City on their way, Patrick added:
“He’s a natural striker, a great goal scorer and we have to work hard to supply him, but he showed tonight that he is a great finisher as well.”
Johnson was also pleased with his night’s work, which featured him playing on the left flank in contrast to most of his appearances for City, when he normally occupies the opposite station.
“I’ve played on the right a lot this season so coming onto my right foot is not a problem for me,” he said. “I just had to make sure I took the chance when it came along. European football is a little bit slower than the Premier League, and that showed tonight but we got the result that we wanted and we’re pleased to be through to the next stage.”