Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Key Issues for Blues Analysis Rob Pollard

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Key Issues for Blues Analysis Rob Pollard

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BEWARE OF THE COUNTER-ATTACK REAL Madrid are experts on the break. They possess pace in abundance - and their front three of Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo is full of goals.

With the likes of Luka Modric and Toni Kroos, two of the game's finest passers, pulling the strings in midfield, it only takes a split second for one of their forwards to be released.

City will look to dominate the ball and weave their intricate patterns - but if they lose it, they'll need to be aware of just how devastating Real can be on the break.

IHEANACHO AN OPTION KELECHI Iheanacho won't start and nor should he - but Pellegrini would be well advised to use him from the bench if an impact is needed.

The Nigerian was drafted into City's Champions League squad back in February but since then he's only been used as a 90th-minute sub on two occasions. …

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