FIVE Things City Need to Sort out before the Last-16

By Brennan, Stuart | Manchester Evening News, December 11, 2015 | Go to article overview

FIVE Things City Need to Sort out before the Last-16


Brennan, Stuart, Manchester Evening News


FIX VINCENT KOMPANY THE Blues skipper has played just one full Champions League game this season - and it was City's best performance, the 3-1 win at Sevilla.

Whoever they draw in the last 16, City need Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi to re-forge a partnership that had started to look very good.

His repeated injury problems are sullying a City legacy that is all-but assured. The team clearly needs him this season, and if that means revising the way his game-time is managed, so be it.

SIGN UP KELECHI THE 19-year-old striker was unfortunate that he was the 18th foreign player when teams are only allowed a quota of 17 in their Champions League 25-man squad - and he has not been at the club long enough to qualify as an under-21.

But the long-term injury to Samir Nasri will free up a place in that quota, and at the end of the January window clubs are allowed to re-submit their squad lists to Uefa.

Kelechi has shown that he deserves a place in that squad, and with Aguero still having injury troubles, the Blues face a striker shortage.

GET KUN FIT AGUERO (pictured) has only started two of the six Champions League group games, and only completed one of them, so it is to City's credit that they topped the group without really having the benefit of their No.1 striker.

Their squad strength has seen them through, but the two defeats by Juve showed when they face one of the better teams, as they are sure to do in the last-16 and possibly beyond, they need their best players. …

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