Gary Neville says that Sergio Aguero is a problem for Manchester City in Europe, as they have to play with two strikers to get him into the team.
Aguero was rested, only coming on as a late sub, in City's 1-0 defeat to Bayern Munich last night, with Edin Dzeko selected to play the lone role upfront from start and Neville believes that this is the Argentine's problem against top class teams.
The former Manchester United player says that City can simply not afford to play with a two-man midfield in the Champions League, meaning there is no place for Aguero in their starting line-up.
He took to Twitter this morning to say: "Aguero is a problem for city in Europe as much as I like him. Has to play with a partner and then they get done in MDF!"
@JamieJackson___ Aguero is a problem for city in Europe as much as I like him. Has to play with a partner and then they get done in MDF!— Gary Neville (@GNev2) September 18, 2014
Aguero is widely regarded as City's top attacking talent, but if Neville is correct in his analysis it is a major blow for Manuel Pellegrini's side.
For all their success domestically in recent times, City have struggled against Europe's elite and they will be targeting a better run in this year's Champions League.
A draw against Bayern Munich on Wednesday would have been a good statement of their intent, but they slipped up in the last minute and were consigned to defeat against the German champions.
It was a loss which means they are already playing catch-up in their group, after Roma cruised to success against CSKA Moscow.
Although City still should be able to claim second spot, they do need to start reaching the latter stages.
There were excuses before that they will still adapting to the competition, but this squad have been together for some time and should have enough quality to do well on Europe's biggest stage now.
Their next match in the group-stage is against Roma and they will know that they need to avoid defeat otherwise their chances of progressing to the next round look slim.