Russian football pitches have never been known for their quality, with some surfaces ranging from flaking 3G to mud and divot pitches galore. 

However, CSKA proved to have gone better than the rest by attempting to spray their pitch green for tonight's game against Manchester City in order to improve its appearance, according to the Metro.

Heavy rain has meant that the pitch at the Khimki Arena has literally been unplayable in recent weeks, with CSKA forced to play Viktoria Plzen in St. Petersburg three weeks ago.

The international break has not been enough time for the pitch to recover despite the intensive repair work ordered with City's visit in mind, however.  

In attempting to divert the swathes of criticism the Khimki pitch has received in recent days, though, the Moscow club made the bizarre decision to spray the pitch green to improve it visually. 

City manager Manuel Pellegrini has been the most vocal critic of the playing surface his team will be made to be play on  when he labelled it 'unacceptable'. 

"I think it is unbelievable that the most important cup competition in the world is allowed to stage a game on such a surface," Pellegrini continued.

"We must pray that it is not raining because if it is it will be impossible to play on this pitch. I honestly believe it could be called off if we get more rain."

When asked if he was surprised it was going ahead, the City manager was blunt in replying: "Of course. I think the people from UEFA who reviewed the pitch should have said that it was not acceptable."

Although UEFA did note that the surface was 'in need of attention', they were unwilling to postpone the match given the large European TV audience it will attract. 

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