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Manchester City v Villarreal: Match Preview

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Manchester City v Villarreal;
Champions League;
Etihad Stadium;
Tues, 18th Oct; 1945 KO

Team news

Sergio Aguero looks set to make a return for Manchester City after training with the side on Monday. Micah Richards is fit to play after coming off early against Aston Villa, but Mario Balotelli is out of contention, serving the end of his three match suspension.

Nilmar won’t play for Villarreal, after undergoing surgery on a cyst in his right knee. Mateo Muszcchio, Marco Ruben, Angel Lopez, Javier Camunas and Marcos Senna are also out of contention with injuries.

 



Silva ready for tough task

David Silva has admitted that Manchester City have made things more difficult in the Champions League than they would have liked, but the on-form midfielder insists that tonight they have the chance to get their campaign back on track against Villarreal.

City are currently third in the Group A table, without a win and a goal difference of -2. The side desperately need to win tonight to show that they’re serious about standing up with the big teams in Europe as well as England.


 

And Silva believes that while City are disappointed to be needing the win so badly, the squad are finding their feet in the competition and will head into tonight's match expecting to take away three points.

"In the Champions League we have only played two games and those two games were against top sides,” he said.

"Maybe it is a case of needing a few more games under our belt in that competition too in order to get the same consistency we have been showing in the league.

"We have made things a little bit hard for ourselves but we can start to improve tonight. If we beat Villarreal I think everything can change for us in the group. We must win this game but it is important we are strong enough. I don't think it will be easy."

Silva refused to underestimate Villarreal, despite the Spanish side scoring only once in their last eight meetings with English sides.

"They are a great side,” Silva explained. "They like to keep hold of the ball, they like to pass it around and they can also hit you on the break.

"We have got to be careful and try to retain as much possession as we can and avoid being hit on the counter."

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