UEFA Champions League Preview: Manchester City-CSKA Moscow
Manchester City are coming off a thrilling 7-0 victory in the Premier League and they will look to build off that performance against CSKA Moscow in a new Champions League encounter.
These two teams already faced each other a few weeks ago, and the squad managed by Manuel Pellegrini was able to rally back. They started losing, but Sergio Aguero led the comeback as the Citizens won the game by a 2-1 score.
The encounter played at the Etihad Stadium should be another close game, but the Premier League side have an edge based on their recent performances and the fact that they will have the fan support. Their difference-maker on the pitch could be midfielder Yaya Toure, who has been simply magnificent this year as he’s cementing his place as one of the best midfielders in the world. He’s the perfect complement to Aguero, and he’ll probably be the one leading all the charges on Tuesday.
CSKA Moscow, on the other hand, will need to turn to their defense to keep themselves in the game, but they also have a skilled player up front in Zoran Tosic. The former Manchester United winger already scored against the Citizens in the last match and he usually does well when playing in England, so he’ll be a threat that Manchester City’s defensive line needs to keep out of the game if they want to get a good result.
Prediction: Manchester City 2-0 CSKA Moscow
The hosts will dominate from start to finish and they will end up having a good win that’ll put them one step closer to the next round. CSKA won’t be able to get forward consistently, and that will hurt their chances to get a positive result away from home.
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