Manchester City’s manager Manuel Pellegrini and captain Vincent Kompany emphasize the strength of Juventus ahead of Tuesday’s September 15, 2015 Champions League meeting at the Etihad Stadium at 20:45
Pellegrini directing the media saying, “Tomorrow we come up against a very strong side. They reached the final last season and have won four titles in a row.”
“Maybe they didn’t have the best start to their current league campaign, but this is a different competition. They will be motivated.”
Pellegrini also confirming that striker Sergio Aguero would miss the match after sustaining a knee injury in Saturday’s Premier League win over Crystal Palace, but stressed that he still had several attacking options, boosted by the availability of Raheem Sterling and David Silva, both absent from the Citizens’ most recent victory.
Pellegrini also mentioning that midfielders Fernandinho and Samir Nasri would both make recoveries from their respective knocks in time for tomorrow’s meeting with Juventus.
“Aguero is out of contention, but we have Wilfried Bony and Sterling can also play as a forward so we have different options. We’ll see if Kevin De Bruyne will start, as he played very well the other day against Palace.
“Fernandinho and Samir Nasri are not yet 100 per cent fit, but, fingers crossed, they will both be ready in time for tomorrow.”
Manchester City Captain Vincent Kompany saying, “Each game brings with it massive pressure and everybody knows that Juventus are a strong team but we’re well prepared. We should always believe in ourselves and that ought to be the basis of our Champions League approach.”
When asked about his team’s perfect start to 2015/16, winning all five of their opening fixtures without conceding a goal, the 29-year-old wrapped up proceedings with the press by praising the strength of this current City side.
“It’s important to make a statement and we have to show our qualities. Based on our bright start to the season, the early signs show that this is one of the strongest squads we’ve ever had but let’s wait and see.”
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