Manchester City will look to kickstart their Champions League campaign tonight as Italian side Roma make their way to the Etihad Stadium for matchday two of the competition.
City didn't get off to the best of starts two weeks ago, losing 1-0 to Bayern Munich after a late goal from ex-City defender Jerome Boateng, but the same can't be said of their opponents Roma. Rudi Garcia led the club to a second place finish in Serie A last season, and they showed that they are ready to compete with Europe's elite too after smashing CSKA Moscow 5-1 in the opening game of Group E.
Manuel Pellegrini's City are notorious for having slow starts in the Champions League, having failed to win any of their opening home group games in the competition. They will need to end that run tonight if they are to recover in the group stage, and here are three players that they will need to keep an eye on at the Etihad Stadium tonight.
The Bosnian midfielder is a technically gifted deep-lying playmaker who has the ability to unpick City's defence with his pinpoint passing. The 24-year-old has recently been linked with Manchester United after starring under Garcia in the Italian capital, and City must be aware of his ability from set pieces if they are to keep Roma out.
He hardly needs much of an introduction, but Totti is one of the finest players of the generation. The Roma legend turned 38 over the weekend, but City would be fools to write him off. With eight goals and 11 assists last season, the Roma captain proved that he still has what it takes to be a threat to opposing defences - and his unrivalled technical ability will give the Italians hope of springing an upset.
When Arsenal sold Gervinho last summer, it seemed almost infeasible that the Ivorian would become a dangerous goalscorer. Yet, that's exactly what happened. Reunited with his former Lille boss Garcia at the Stadio Olimpico, the 27-year-old hit 12 goals in his first season for Roma, which was enough to earn him a contract extension - and with pace to burn, City must keep a close eye on Gervinho.