Manchester City manager, Manuel Pellegrini would be looking to a return to European football as the perfect respite following some lacklustre displays from his side in the Premier League in recent weeks.
The Citizens are well off pace in their hunt for another league title this time around and will be looking to make amends through a good run in the Champions League, but they do face a difficult challenge in the Ukraine against Dynamo Kiev.
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Indeed, Pellegrini, the out-going manager, would love to end his successful association with the Blues on a high by lifting a trophy that has eluded the cash-laden club ever since the Sheikhs came to town. However recent results have not gone in City’s favour and now there appears to be a very major threat of missing out on Champions League Qualification next season.
With both Leicester City and Arsenal not showing any signs of slowing down, perhaps the best chance that the Citizens have for glory lies in mounting a serious campaign on the Champions League this year.
Dynamo Kiev have not featured in a competitive game since their last Champions League outing back in December which means that the Ukrainian giants would be fresh for the game. However, the Ukrainians will be rusty which means that Manchester City may have enough chances to exploit the hosts tonight.
Oleksandr Rybka, who has been working to regain fitness, is a major doubt for Sergei Rebrov’s side who will also miss Vitorino Antunes who is suspended.
The visitors meanwhile, may have to achieve an important win without the services of Fabian Delph, Kevin De Bruyne, Wilfreid Bony and Jesus Navas while Sagna and Eliaquim Mangala will have to pass a late fitness tests.
David Silva, Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero should all return to the side following their heavy 5-1 loss to Chelsea in the FA Cup last weekend.
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