Manchester City will head into their Champions League clash with CKSA Moscow full of confidence after a goal fuelled weekend (KO 19:45GMT).
Manuel Pellegrini’s side put seven goals passed a hapless Norwich City and they will hope to carry that form into the game against their Russian visitors.
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City will head into the game without striker Stevan Jovetic with Vincent Kompany also out. Joe Hart will once again be on the bench after losing his place to Costel Pantilimon.
The English number one has made some high profile errors this season for club and country and has been named on the bench for City’s last two games.
Despite Pellegrini admitting he has been impressed by Hart’s reaction to the dropping the Chilean has revealed he does not know when the stopper will return to the first team.
“I don’t know when Joe will come back to the team.
“It is very important for him to have a rest. He has played all the matches in the last two and a half years.
“We will see in the future what we must do. For today, Pantilimon is playing.”
When City and CSKA played in Russia two weeks the game was marred by the racial abuse aimed at Yaya Toure and Pellegrini has warned the club that a repeat of those unsavoury incidents would harm Russia’s reputation ahead of the 2018 World Cup.
“The fans of CSKA made an important mistake,” City manager Pellegrini said. “The club – I don’t know why they denied it at the beginning or what their reaction is now – but UEFA acted and gave them the punishment they deserved.
“I hope we can leave it in the past. The Russian fans should remember they have a World Cup coming up in their country.”
While City have had to contend with questions over the Hart situation, much of the focus in the build of for CSKA has been on the subject of the racial abuse incident and while the club insist that the abuse had been exaggerated in the media they are keen to move on from the whole affair.
“We have already spoken about our official position. It is normal, like many people, we are against racism” said manager Leonid Slutsky
“In our team we have black players. We love them and give them our support.
“As for the match, we did not hear any racial slurs, so it is difficult to comment.
“What I can say is the club is categorically against racism. We think the situation has been exaggerated and there was an over-reaction.
“We have received our punishment, and it was up to UEFA to make this decision.”
While Slutsky will be hoping that the fans behave themselves in the stands he will also be hoping that his side can keep their knockout dreams alive too.
CSKA have already lost two games and another defeat on Tuesday would almost certainly see them eliminated.
Slutsky has no major injury worries ahead of the game and will look to the attacking threat of Zoran Tosic and Seydou Doumbia to trouble City.