Manchester City vs Sevilla: Champions League preview - Jesus Navas key for Citizens

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The stage is set; the floodlights are glistening; the pitch is fresh; and the fans are warming up their vocal cords, as Manchester City prepare to do battle with Europa League champions Sevilla in what is one of the Sky Blues' most important games in the group.

Win this and football fans will be much more likely to see the words 'Manchester City F.C.' drawn for the knockout rounds.

Before the Etihad faithful can witness such a moment, though, Manuel Pellegrini knows nothing but a win against Unai Emery's men will do, as the Citizens seek to avoid relying upon tough away fixtures with Juventus and Sevilla later in the group.


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City take the advantage when it comes to consistency. Pellegrini's side have picked up four wins from of their last five matches, scoring five in each of their last two Premier League games.

Meanwhile, Sevilla have won only twice in their last five, losing two and drawing once.


City are still feeling the pressure of a weakened squad - talismen Sergio Aguero and David Silva will both miss the clash with the La Liga outfit due to continued injury, whilst Fabian Delph, Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy are also absent.

As for Sevilla, striker Fernando Llorente is a continued doubt in the build-up, with Gael Kakuta, Daniel Carrico, Sergio Escederu and Luismi all unavailable.


This crucial fixture in City's autumn calendar spells an emotional night for winger Jesus Navas. A Sevilla legend, Navas amassed 285 appearances over the period of a decade - scoring 23 goals in his time at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

When asked about how he'll feel playing against his beloved former club, the 29-year-old told the club's official website: "It will be a great night for me and my family. We are playing against a team I grew up and played for ever since I was a kid.

"Sevilla gave me everything so it will always be a special club for me, but there will be no room for sentiment."


All City fans can hope for is that Navas can channel his emotional energy into something positive and put in a blistering performance down that right flank.

Whilst form is in City's favour, one must bear in mind the bout with Juventus that ended so badly - form won't count for much. The Sky Blues will have to come out the blocks flying, but maintain discipline and avoid erratic errors.

An early goal wouldn't go amiss either, perhaps even more so if Wilfried Bony is able to score and prove that he's capable of inheriting the goalscoring burden amidst Aguero's absence.

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