Etihad Stadium

Next Game

Man City v So'ton

Sunday, 24 May 2015, 15:00

Barclays Prem

The Liberty Stadium

Last Game

Swansea 2 - 4 Man City

Sunday, 17 May 2015, 13:30

Barclays Prem

Pellegrini concerns over pitch

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has voiced his concerns over the state of the pitch for Wednesday's Champions League match in Moscow.

Last Updated: 23/10/13 at 16:31 Post Comment

Manuel Pellegrini: Concerns over state of pitch in Moscow

Manuel Pellegrini: Concerns over state of pitch in Moscow

City are scheduled to play their third match in Group D against CSKA at the Khimki Arena stadium, a ground that their hosts share with Dinamo.

However, UEFA ordered CSKA to stage their earlier home game against Viktoria Plzen in St Petersburg - 394 miles northwest of the Russian capital - because of the condition of the playing surface at the 18,000-capacity stadium.

"It is unbelievable that we can play on this pitch," Pellegrini said. "We must pray because if it rains it will be impossible to play.

"I think the most important competition in the world deserves a better pitch.

"I am surprised because they didn't allow the other game against Viktoria Plzen to be played here and I think that the person from UEFA who reviewed it shouldn't have given the authorisation to play here."

The pitch is in poor condition and rutted after heavy rain in the Russian capital, and matters have been compounded by the fact that the national U21 side have also been playing there.

The all-weather surface at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow is out of commission due to rebuilding work in preparation for the 2018 World Cup.

Bayern Munich lead Group D with two wins from two games, while City and CSKA each have three points from two games with Czech side Viktoria Plzen yet to register a point.

You can make your own mind up about the state of the pitch by tuning in to watch Manchester City tackle CSKA at 5pm on Sky Sports 3

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

find him unwatchable, unreadable and unlistenable. Apart from that he's fine.

spuzzell
Football People On TV: Garth Crooks

T

hat's the oldest looking 33 year old I have ever seen.

forestfaninaus
Alex Neil: The New Breed Of Scottish Manager

E

very single time I hear any story about Peter Crouch, I find myself liking him more. Is there any other footballer out there like him?

megabrow (cufc)
Football And Alcohol: Angels And Demons

Footer 365

Roy Hodgson: Lay off Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling

Roy Hodgson has mounted a passionate defence of Raheem Sterling after more drama with the Liverpool forward's contract saga.

Van Gaal targets Schweinsteiger

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is interested in signing Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger this summer, according to reports.

Jose Mourinho and Eden Hazard claim Premier League awards

Chelsea celebrate double with Jose Mourinho and Eden Hazard voted Premier League manager and player of year respectively

Mail Box

England Have Four Proper Good Players...

Let's see if you can guess who they are, according to one mailboxer. we also have lots on Raheem Sterling and some views on breaking down defences and...

Wenger Has Knackered Arsenal Out...

It's a wonderfully varied Mailbox, with thoughts on Arsenal, Arsene Wenger, tactics, Sevilla, Newcastle United, sexing up the Europa League and Radamel Falcao...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company