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Manchester City vs. Villarreal

Etihad Stadium

18/10/11

7:45pm

On Sky

All We Need Is A Victory

Roberto Mancini says Manchester City can turn around their Group A campaign by beating Villarreal whose coach Juan Carlos Garrido wants 'bravery' from his players.

Vital Quotes:

Roberto Mancini
'I think we still need to learn, but [the 2-0 defeat against Bayern Munich] was only our second game in the Champions League so that's normal. All we need is a victory.'

'Against Bayern in Munich you know you could well lose as they're a very strong team. They played better than us and deserved to win the game.'

'Villarreal are a good team, they've have played in the Champions League many times in the last ten years and they play good football. It doesn't matter how well we play, we just need to win. After this game, if we win, then we'll be back in with a chance of winning the group, depending on what happens between Bayern and Napoli of course.'


Juan Carlos Garrido
'Nobody gives us a chance, but we want to show what we can do and that Villarreal really do have top players. We're not in the best situation but we're all good professionals; we all enjoy our job, we're confident in the work we're doing and we'll all relish coming to a place like this and playing against the kind of players City have.'

'We need to show bravery, guts and the players need to want the ball all the time against every team. Of course that's harder against a great side like City but we've got to take the initiative, show our class, play our football, try and control the game, hold on to the ball and demonstrate our best qualities.'

Manchester City Team News:

Mario Balotelli serves the last match of a three-game suspension. Sergio Aguero sat out Saturday's match with a groin problem but should be in the starting IX.

Player to watch: David Silva

On the 1st of October 2011 David Silva was awarded the Premier League Player of the Month for his outstanding performances. A magical midfield player who can turn on a sixpence.

The 25-year-old Spain international is considered to be one of the best players (in his position) in the world. A pure genius and a joy to watch.

Villarreal Team News:

Mateo Musacchio missed the trip to Getafe with a left thigh strain while Nilmar is still out after surgery on a right-knee cyst. Marco Ruben is nursing a broken toe and Garrido confirmed that Ángel Lopez, Javier Camunas and Marcos Senna were also unavailable.

Player to watch: Giuseppe Rossi

In 2007, Manchester United confirmed Rossi had been sold to Spanish club Villarreal for an undisclosed fee, reportedly around £6.6 million. He scored his first goal for Villarreal on his debut against Valencia on August 26, 2007.

In his second season with Villarreal, Rossi had scored 12 goals in 30 league appearances, along with three goals in eight Champions League appearances.

In January, 2011, he signed a contract extension with Villarreal until 2016.The 2010-11 season proved to be his breakthrough season, as he scored 32 goals in 56 appearances in all competitions.

Match Facts & Stats

Manchester City have won only one of their five European games against Spanish opponents, drawing two and losing the last two matches.

Each of City's five games against Spanish opponents has seen at least three goals (total of 20).

Villarreal have failed to score in seven of their eight Champions League matches against English opponents.

The Yellow Submarines have drawn six and lost two of their eight Champions League matches against English opponents.

There were as many goals in Villarreal's last match against English opponents (0-3 v Arsenal in 15 April 2009) as there were scored in the other seven matches.

Manchester City have only ever lost one out of 30 home matches in European competition (excluding qualifiers), winning 21 and drawing eight of the other games.

Villarreal have gone 10 games without a clean sheet in European competition (excluding qualifiers).

Villarreal have won the most fouls in this season's Champions League (39).

Ref Watch:

Pavel Kralovec
In 2011 he was selected for the U17 World Cup in Mexico. A few weeks later, he was promoted to Elite Development group of UEFA that allows him to get group stage Champions League matches.

Match Prediction:

Manchester 2-1 Villarreal

Next Fixtures:

Sunday 23 October 2011
Manchester United v Manchester City
Kick off 1:30pm




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Date:Tuesday October 18 2011

Time: 9:07AM

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You lot will lose haha
trublues
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18/10/2011 12:59:00

Insightful stuff there trublues. How long did it take you to come up with that one?
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18/10/2011 13:50:00

I see massive club Citeh have a designated Singing Stand tonight. Their first season in CL football too. Good grief.
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