Charlie Nicholas explains his surprise Dynamo Kiev-Manchester City prediction, slams Raheem Sterling

Raheem Sterling

Charlie Nicholas believes Manchester City will draw 0-0 away at Dynamo Kiev.

Pundit Charlie Nicholas has told Sky Sports that he thinks Manchester City will draw 0-0 away at Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League tonight.

City have been underwhelming of late, having been beaten at home by Premier League title rivals Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur in successive weeks, whilst they were also beaten 5-1 away at Chelsea in the FA Cup on Sunday afternoon, though Manuel Pellegrini fielded a youthful side at Stamford Bridge.

Since the confirmation that Pep Guardiola will leave Bayern Munich to take over as City manager this summer, Pellegrini's men have struggled, and some onlookers suggest that the City squad have downed tools for the season until Guardiola arrives.

Tonight, City's players have the chance to prove that theory wrong, as they travel to Ukraine to take on Dynamo Kiev in the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Having got through a difficult group containing Juventus, Sevilla and Borussia Monchengladbach, City will now be hoping to avoid an upset and get through against Kiev, starting with tonight's trip to Ukraine.

Many will be expecting City to see off Kiev in style, but pundit Charlie Nicholas has told Sky Sports that he sees a surprise 0-0 draw between the two sides.

Nicholas also slammed winger Raheem Sterling for his poor performances of late, suggesting that he has done little to live up to his price tag since his summer move from Liverpool.

"I'm getting jumpy about Manuel Pellegrini because he's a man who I've got a great amount of respect and time for in terms of how he comes across as a talented coach that plays nice football and wants to do the right thing," said Nicholas. "I remember being in on Deadline Day and saying that I didn't think the timing of the Pep Guardiola announcement was good. I know he wanted it to come out but it has definitely affected certain players."

"Yaya Toure is a prime example of it and there are others. When is the last time we talked about Raheem Sterling? I remember when he scored three against Bournemouth and it could've been five but we've barely mentioned him since other than giving away a penalty against Tottenham. I wouldn't be surprised if he dropped Sterling but then what's happened to David Silva as well? He's not doing anything either and they've not half missed Kevin De Bruyne," he added.

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