Tuesday 16 January 2018

The key battles

David Silva v

Carlos Marchena

The pair played together for Spain and Valencia, but this evening Marchena will have to track and chase Silva. Of all Silva's gifts, his movement off the ball is particularly good, and so Marchena must prepare to be surprised by the darts and feints of the little man.

Vincent Kompany v

Giuseppe Rossi

Once of Manchester United, Rossi was Villarreal's top scorer last season and subject of serious interest from within Spain and beyond. His sharp movement and eye for space will require Kompany, newly promoted to the City captaincy, to stay alert.

Nigel de Jong v

Borja Valero

The Dutchman, who started his first game since August last Saturday, is a master of destruction. He will have a testing target tonight in Borja Valero, who is technically and tactically astute.

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