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Manchester City v FC Porto: Match Preview

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Mancini will look to mastermind another win over Porto. (©GettyImages)
Mancini will look to mastermind another win over Porto. (©GettyImages).

Manchester City v FC Porto
UEFA Europa League last 32 second leg
Etihad Stadium
Wednesday, February 22; 17:00

Team News

Carlos Tevez won't make his long awaited return for Manchester City as he is not registered for the competition.

Roberto Mancini has no other injury worries ahead of the second leg.

Porto striker Hulk has insisted he's 1,000% ready to face City after a leg injury
 

Mancini realises Europa League significance


Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini says winning the Europa League can assist the club's rise the top table of European football.

After City's competed in the Champions League for the first time earlier this term, the Europa League represents a realistic opportunity to claim just the club's second ever European trophy.

City take a 2-1 lead going into the second leg, and Mancini knows the win can set in motion a run to the final.

“For us, every game is serious and we want to win every match,” Mancini said. “If we win the Europa League it would be an important moment for the club - I don't think it will be easy but we will try.

“Every game is dangerous for different reasons, but it is better start with a 2-1 lead, but I think it's important to think that it is 0-0 start.

“I was very pleased with the win in Porto and think we played really well in both halves, particularly in the second half when we defended well and created a lot of chances."

With his side requiring at least two goals at the Etihad Stadium, Porto boss Vitor Pereira says only a performance littered with consistency will result in the Portuguese champions going through.

"Our biggest strength will be our collective play," Pereira said. "I do not believe in magic touches, nor in pulling rabbits out of hats.

"I do believe in work consistency and the identity of the team. We will try to have the ball to create chances and also defend the way we normally do, with aggressive transitions.

"It is by being consistent throughout the match that we want to win the tie."

"I am sure the match will be balanced. We only have to fix some things that we did wrong in the first leg."

Topics:
Europa League
European News
Football
Manchester City
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