Manchester City latest: Likely date for Kompany return and City a tougher draw than United?

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Following their impressive victory over CSKA Moscow – and subsequent qualification for the Champions League knock-out round – Manchester City have received considerable praise from the press today; not least from the Guardian, who ran two editorials on the Blues.

The first asks the question as to whether City will now be more feared in the last-16 than Manchester United (should they qualify).

Stating that Manuel Pellegrini is in possession of a better midfield and attack than David Moyes, and able to call on a defence that is beginning to show its mettle even without Vincent Kompany, the answer appears to be yes, at least from that particular writer’s point of view.

The same paper also hails the partnership of Sergio Aguero and Alvaro Negredo, claiming they are at the forefront of the resurgence of the two-man strike-force.

Few who saw them fill their boots against the Russian side last night would argue against that.

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In other news, the Manchester Evening News reports that Vincent Kompany will not join up with Belgium for the next international break, instead remaining in Manchester to work on his rehabilitation after a thigh injury kept him out of recent games.

The paper, following on from reports in the Daily Mail, suggests Kompany could return for City’s Premier League match against Tottenham on November 24.

See also: UEFA Youth League round-up: Man United win in Spain as City concede lead to CSKA

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