CSKA Moscow vs Man CityJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
Man City might be starting to hit their straps in the Premier League but they’ve yet to win a game in the Champions League. As they take on CSKA Moscow in their third Champions League group game, can City pick up some much needed points?
Manager Manuel Pellegrini is determined to win the game in the Russian capital on Tuesday, commenting “We have to win it if we want to have options to qualify for the next stage. I have always said that, if you want to win something, you need the best performances. We have some of the very important players and they must make a difference.
“I hope that in the Champions League we can start playing like we have been doing for the last two games in the Premier League.”
A lot of pressure lies on the shoulders of world-class striker Sergio Agüero, who scored four sensational goals in City’s victory against Tottenham at the weekend. The Argentine player has a far less impressive record in European football however.
Pellegrini is likely to reinstate Yaya Toure to the starting line-up against CSKA while Frank Lampard will be rested due to a thigh injury.
Elsewhere, Pablo Zabaleta will replace Bacary Sagna as right-back and Edin Dzeko will play alongside Sergio Aguero at the front.
CSKA will be without two of their key players, Alan Dzagoev and Pontus Wernbloom as they serve their respective three-match bans.
The two sides last met in the group stages of last year’s Champions League, with City winning both clashes, the first 2-1 in Moscow and the second a 5-2 thrashing at the Etihad Stadium.
CSKA striker Musa believes that they stand a real chance of defeating the English champions this year as their performances in the competition so far have been below par.
“You can see they are very weak this year so we are going to try and use that advantage against them,” he said. “They are very weak in the defence so we’re going to work against that. We know our weaker points so we’re going to try and do our best.”
The game will be played behind closed doors due to a stadium ban imposed on CSKA Moscow for racist behaviour from their supporters.