Manchester City vs Steaua Bucharest preview: Toure and Hart set to return?

By Ric Turner, Tue 23 August 2016 16:26

Manchester City vs Steaua Bucharest preview: Toure and Hart set to return?Guardiola expected to rotate after comfortable first leg win

Manchester City vs Steaua Bucharest

Competition: UEFA Champions League, Play-off second leg

Date: 7.45pm, Wednesday 24th August 2016

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester 

Referee: Pawel Gil (POL) Assistants: P Sadczuk, M Borkowski Fourth Official: K Sapela

Odds: City 1/5, Draw 6/1, Steaua 14/1

Tickets: Available via

TV: BT Sport

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

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

Injured: Sagna

Doubtful: Sane

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWW

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: DLWWWW

Yaya Toure and Joe Hart are in line for a recall to City's starting XI for the second leg against Steaua Bucharest. With the Blues leading 5-0 from the first leg, Pep Guardiola is expected to rotate his starting XI, although Bacary Sagna misses out with a minor injury. New signing Leroy Sane could make his debut following a £37m move from Schalke 04.

Despite City's huge first leg lead, Guardiola has warned his players against any complacency on Wednesday night.

“I have lot of respect for the opponents and I know what can happen in football.

“Everybody knows nothing is done until it is done. We are so happy with 5-0 but we have to take the opponent seriously and try to win the game.

“Look at the Champions League final with Liverpool and AC Milan - 3-0 at half-time and that was a Milan with many experienced players.

"I said to the players: 'I am sorry but we are not already in the Champions League. We could play and receive a red card inside ten minutes… then a penalty… then another red card ten minutes later!'

“We have a huge advantage but we will not play thinking it’s done."

Prediction: City 3 Steaua 0