Manchester City latest: £86 ticket controversy; defender dismisses exit talk

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As Manchester City prepare to begin their latest Champions League campaign next week, striker Sergio Aguero has claimed they can be this season’s surprise package.

Speaking to the Mirror he cited previous examples of un-fancied teams reaching the final, including Borussia Dortmund last season and Chelsea in 2012.

They were good teams and tactically well-organised, but were certainly not considered the best at the beginning,” he said.

Although City will have to face defending champions Bayern Munich in the group stage, Aguero is hoping for some good fortune.

Get past the first stage and, with luck, you can get to the final,” he said.

Manuel Pellegrini certainly has the European experience to make a good fist of it, and with the signings he made this summer, the Blues will believe they can impress far more than in their previous campaigns under Roberto Mancini.

Another City player has had his say in recent days, with defender Aleksandar Kolarov dismissing rumours that he wanted to leave during the last transfer window.

Speaking to FourFourTwo he said, “There were a lot of things said in the papers, but I never said I wanted to go.”

After scoring for his country in yesterday’s World Cup qualifier against Wales, the Serbian will be hoping it is the start of better things for the season ahead.

The Manchester derby may still be 11 days away, but in early team news the Mirror reports that Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney may return for the match following his head injury.

Due to begin light training this week, David Moyes will assess his condition nearer the time.

And finally, the Manchester Evening News has reported that City fans will have to dig deep if they wish to see Tuesday’s Champions League opener against Viktoria Plzen.

After the original allocation of just 600 tickets sold out, at a price of £47 each, new “category 1 tickets” are now on sale for £86. As if that wasn’t enough, the tickets will be in the home stand.

Whether the tickets are sold remains to be seen, but it is clear the Czech side are making the most of their latest soiree into Europe…or at least trying to.

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