As Manuel Pellegrini’s team prepare to go into battle in the Champions League, Jack Beresford brings you five statistics to keep in mind.
December 7th 2011 – That was the last time CSKA Moscow picked up points on the road in the Champions League, with the Russian side losing each of their five subsequent games played away from Arena Khimki. On that occasion CSKA triumphed 2-1 over Inter Milan at the San Siro.
One – Since their Champions League debut in September 2011, Manchester City have won just four of the 11 games they have played at the Etihad in the competition but more surprising still, the club have kept just one clean sheet at home – against Bayern Munich in that first campaign.
53.8 – Over three games against CSKA Moscow, Sergio Aguero has scored every 53.8 minutes for Manchester City with the Argentine bagging five goals across each of these previous three encounters with the Russian club.
Three – Israeli midfielder Bibras Natcho has scored three penalties in his last three games for CSKA, with that tally including the one he converted late on against Manchester City in Moscow. He has scored a further three penalties this season for the Russian club as part of a tally of eight goals in all competitions.
31 minutes – That’s how long it took AS Roma to race into a 4-0 lead when the Russians came calling at the Stadio Olimpico earlier this season with goals from Juan Iturbe, Maicon and a Gervinho brace effectively ending the contest before the break in a 5-1 win for the Italians.