City’s Toure fit to face Dynamo Kiev

14 Mar

Yaya Toure scores against Kiev


Toure scored against Kiev in the first leg on 24 February

Manchester City v Dynamo Kiev

Venue:
Etihad Stadium
Date:
Tuesday, 15 March
Kick-off:
19:45 GMT
Coverage:
BBC Sport website, BBC Radio 5 live and TV COVERAGE HERE

TEAM NEWS

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has recovered from injury and is fit to play in Tuesday’s Champions League last-16 second leg against Dynamo Kiev.

The Ivorian, 32, missed Saturday’s 0-0 draw against Norwich in the Premier League because of a heel injury.

“He has no problems,” said City manager Manuel Pellegrini, who will attempt to guide City into the quarter-finals for the first time in their history.

City, who enjoy a 3-1 first-leg lead, are favourites to progress.

But a cautious Pellegrini said his team must forget about the advantage they built in Ukraine.

“The most important thing is to know we have not yet qualified. We play against a team who know how to play this type of game,” said the Chilean, who will be replaced by Pep Guardiola at the end of the season.

“We’re not going to play with the score we got in Kiev, we’re just going to say it’s 0-0 and try to win the game.”

Creating history excites Hart

City have failed to win back-to-back Premier League games since October and slipped nine points behind league leaders Leicester after their 0-0 draw against relegation-threatened Norwich.

But Pellegrini’s men are in pole position in the Champions League against a Kiev side who have never won a game in England.

And City goalkeeper Joe Hart thinks his team are capable of winning the competition.

“It’s going to be difficult. It’s a really difficult tournament, but we’ve got to believe we can win it otherwise there’s no point in turning up,” the England goalkeeper, 28, said.

“You could look at it as pressure, but it’s something really exciting.

“I can only speak for myself, but it’s really exciting being in this situation, going into the last-16 game with a good option of going through, doing something I haven’t done before and creating history for this club.”

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