Steaua Bucharest vs Manchester City preview: Toure left out of squad

By Ric Turner, Tue 16 August 2016 10:55

Steaua Bucharest vs Manchester City preview: Toure left out of squadOtamendi expected to return after minor muscular injury

Steaua Bucharest vs Manchester City

Competition: UEFA Champions League, Play-off first leg

Date: 7.45pm, Tuesday 16th August 2016

Venue: Arena Na?ionala, Bucharest 

Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA) Assistants: R Di Fiore, L Manganelli Fourth Official: M Passeri

Odds: Steaua 13/2, Draw 7/2, City 4/9

Tickets: Sold out

TV: BT Sport

Steaua Bucharest

Manager: Laurentiu Reghecampf

Squad (from): Nita, Cojocaru, Simion, Mitrea, Tamas, Tosca, Momcilovic, O Popescu, Hamroun, Pintilii, Filip, Stanciu, Sulley, Valceanu, Mihai, Mihalcea, Aganovic, Achim, D Popescu, Enceanu, Ontl, Enache, Bournceanu, Popa, Tudorie, Golubovic, Chitosca

Injured: None

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWWWDW

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Caballero, Hart, Gunn, Sagna, Zabaleta, Kolarov, Stones, Denayer, Clichy, Otamendi, Adarabioyo, Angelino, Fernando, Navas, De Bruyne, Delph, Silva, Fernandinho, Sterling, Aguero, Iheanacho, Nolito

Injured: Sane

Doubtful: Otamendi

Suspended: None

Form guide: W

Yaya Toure was left out of the squad that travelled to Romania, casting further doubts on his City future having also sat out the opening game of the season against Sunderland. Youngsters Tosin Adarabioyo and Angelino have been included in the squad, whilst Nicolas Otamendi is expected to return after a minor muscular injury.

Guardiola explained: “Yaya is training amazing but I was not sure he was going to play so I would prefer him to stay in Manchester to keep training good.

“We travel with two young guys who maybe will stay out of the selection. I’d prefer the young guys to be out of selection rather than Yaya Toure.

“I have a lot of respect him, his career, his quality. Against Sunderland, were looking for a typical, intensive game and that’s why he didn’t play – that’s the only reason why.”

Meanwhile, Guardiola warned his players not to underestimate tonight's opponents.

“I have seen a lot of Steaua games and I am very impressed with what they do,” said Guardiola.

“We are going to try and score goals and try to convince the players how important it is to play in the Champions League and how beautiful it is and we are going to try and win it.”

Prediction: Steaua 1 City 2