Dynamo Kiev v Manchester City (Wed)

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini

Pellegrini will be replaced by Pep Guardiola in the summer

Champions League last 16

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Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini welcomes back fit-again Eliaquim Mangala as well as his key players for Wednesday’s Champions League last-16, first-leg tie at Dynamo Kiev.

The Chilean rested his star names and fielded six teenagers in the 5-1 FA Cup defeat at Chelsea on Sunday.

Pellegrini will pick from the pool that faced Tottenham in City’s last Premier League game, in addition to Mangala.

The France defender has been out since 6 January with a hamstring injury.

Wingers Kevin de Bruyne and Jesus Navas, midfielders Samir Nasri and Fabian Delph as well as striker Wilfried Bony remain out for City.

Pellegrini relying on his ‘important’ players

Pellegrini justified his decision to field a weakened team against Chelsea as he believes it will give his side the best chance to progress in the Champions League.

“We had to make a difficult decision against Chelsea but it was the only choice we could make in this moment,” said Pellegrini.

“We had just 13 players so it was our intention to continue in all competitions and we couldn’t do that.

“This is absolutely different – we will try to continue knowing we have a difficult game.

“The important thing is the performance of our important players. It’s the first 90 minutes of a 180-minute match, no matter what happens, it’s not over after the first leg.”

Due to Ukraine’s winter break, Dynamo Kiev have not played a competitive game since a Champions League group-stage win over Maccabi Tel Aviv on 9 December.

However, coach Sergei Rebrov still has a concern over winger Andriy Yarmolenko, who has been seeking to regain fitness from the knee injury he suffered against Maccabi.

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