But a cautious Pellegrini said his team must forget about the advantage they built in Ukraine.
“The most important thing is to know we have not yet qualified. We play against a team who know how to play this type of game,” said the Chilean, who will be replaced by Pep Guardiola at the end of the season.
“We’re not going to play with the score we got in Kiev, we’re just going to say it’s 0-0 and try to win the game.”
But Pellegrini’s men are in pole position in the Champions League against a Kiev side who have never won a game in England.
And City goalkeeper Joe Hart thinks his team are capable of winning the competition.
“It’s going to be difficult. It’s a really difficult tournament, but we’ve got to believe we can win it otherwise there’s no point in turning up,” the England goalkeeper, 28, said.
“You could look at it as pressure, but it’s something really exciting.
“I can only speak for myself, but it’s really exciting being in this situation, going into the last-16 game with a good option of going through, doing something I haven’t done before and creating history for this club.”