Manchester City’s European campaign is at stake as they take on CSKA Moscow at the Etihad Stadium in a game which they must win to keep their hopes of qualification alive.
The failure to hold on to what looked like an eternally comfortable 2-0 half time lead in the Russian capital leaves City’s campaign hanging by a thread, and to realistically have a chance of making through they must take at least seven points from their three remaining games, having only taken two so far.
As things stand, Roma are two points ahead of City in second place, with Bayern looking set to run away with things at the top. Manuel Pellegrini at least comes into this game with his side in higher spirits having won the Manchester derby on Sunday thanks to Sergio Aguero, who the hosts will again look to provide the goals here.
CSKA Moscow looked a much better side in the second half of the reverse fixture and proved that they do have what it takes to trouble City, although they are massive outsiders to go through themselves, with a place in the Europa League probably the best they can hope for. They are currently second in the Russian Premier League behind Zenit St. Petersburg, who they lost to at the weekend.
Pellegrini could make some changes here, with Edin Dzeko and Eliaquim Mangala both pushing for recalls, while Frank Lampard is back from injury. Aleksandar Kolarov is set for a month on the sidelines because of a calf problem.
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