Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has blasted the state of the pitch at the Khimki Arena, with speculation that the match with CSKA Moscow could be postponed.
The City boss has described the pitch as unbelievable and admits that more rain would put the game in doubt.
Pellegrini said at an official UEFA conference, "I just saw the pitch, I think it's unbelievable that the most important cup competition in the world is allowed to be played on this pitch. We must pray on Wednesday that it's not raining. If it's raining it will be impossible to play on this pitch.
"It could be called off. I didn't believe it when I saw the pitch – both for the two teams and also for the people who will watch the game. This is the most important competition in the world, and it deserves a better pitch."
"I think if it's not raining there will be no risk for an injury. It's not a grass pitch."
This morning, UEFA did pass the surface fit to play despite still not looking at it's best, with bare patches and sanded areas covering the pitch.
"Of course I'm surprised [the game is going ahead]. "Added Pellegrini.
"I'm surprised because they [CSKA] were not allowed to play the first home game here against Plzen.
“I think the people from UEFA who reviewed the pitch, without hesitation they should have said it cannot be played here."
CSKA Moscow have been playing their domestic Russian League games around different grounds in the country and they had to play in St Petersburg for their last Champions League game against Viktoria Plzen.
CSKA and City are both level on three points in group D and face each other in back to back fixtures.
Pellegrini's side will hope to bounce back from their 3-1 home defeat against Bayern Munich whilst CSKA will look to continue their momentum after 3-2 win over Plzen.
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