Rebrov: We won't take City threat lightly
- 24 February 2016 07:39
- Posted by @MPHenson
News outlets look ahead to tonight’s Champions League Last 16 clash against Dynamo Kyiv…
We start our round-up with an article on Goal, who feature the views of Dynamo coach Serhiy Rebrov as Dom Farrell writes: “…The former Tottenham forward is not taking the City threat lightly and is aware their opponents boast plenty of players capable of causing problems for his side, particularly in attack.
"’City have scored more than any other team in the Premier League [alongside Leicester] and their recent defeats mean nothing,’ he told reporters.
“’Their squad, even without all the injury absentees, includes many top players. In fact, all their players are world class.
"’Their domestic form doesn't matter as the Champions League is a completely different competition, and we saw their priorities at the weekend.
"’We have analysed their strengths and weaknesses and we know how powerful their attack is, with the likes of Raheem Sterling, David Silva and Sergio Aguero – who is worth half of their team right now.
"’With Vincent Kompany back, the defence has become much tougher. However, City also have some weaknesses and we've explained them to the players. I hope they will use that knowledge.’
“Rebrov is hopeful his own attacking jewel, winger Andriy Yarmolenko, will be available to play a part at NSK Olimpiyskiy following struggles with a knee complaint.
“’All our players are fit and ready to fight, including Andriy Yarmolenko,’ he added.
Stuart Brennan scribes: “Manuel Pellegrini faces a huge team selection dilemma for tomorrow night's Champions League last 16 tie at Dynamo Kiev.
“The Blues boss will either have to go into the game with a daring 4-4-2 line-up, or invite more scorn over his FA Cup side by selecting Fernando to bolster midfield.
“With injuries cutting deep into his midfield options, Pellegrini seems set to pick a front two of Sergio Aguero and Kelechi Iheanacho.
“Before the weekend, it seemed a good bet that Pellegrini would try to replicate City's best European away display to date, when they won 3-1 at Sevilla in the group stage of this year's competition.
“That involved Fernando excelling in an anchor role which gave Fernandinho and Yaya Toure free rein to get forward and feed the pace of Jesus Navas and Raheem Sterling, with Wilfried Bony also playing a crucial part as the hold-up man.
“But Fernando played 78 minutes of the 5-1 Cup defeat by Chelsea on Sunday, with Pellegrini making it plain he was keeping his senior players rested for the Kiev game.
“With Fabian Delph, Kevin De Bruyne, Navas, Bony and Samir Nasri all injured, it would seem to be a straight choice between the extra security offered by Fernando and a cutting edge which Kelechi sharpens.”
The Brazilian midfielder is quoted as saying: “We know that the Champions League is very hard and there are great teams in the competition.
“But we have great players and we know we can perform very well. We hope that will allow us to get to the next round.”
“Right now, it’s difficult because we are playing in these four competitions.
“The fact that we have quite a lot of players injured makes it difficult.
“We want to win as many competitions as possible. We hope that we are able to do that.
“Injures make things difficult. It helps that we have players who cover all positions, but this often means that some players have to play more games than might be good for them.
“We are trying to deal with this in the best way possible.”