Villarreal forward warns of other Man City stars
Villarreal striker Giuseppe Rossi has warned Manchester City that his team-mates know how to deal with forward Sergio Aguero.
The Spanish side will take on City at the Etihad Stadium in a Champions League Group A fixture on Tuesday evening, with both sides having made disappointing starts to their European campaign.
While Villarreal have lost both their opening group games, City have picked up just a solitary point but will be confident of collecting their maiden victory in Europe's prestigious club competition at home having gone top of the Premier League on Saturday.
City manager Roberto Mancini will be banking on the good form of Aguero to see them through on Tuesday and, although Rossi admits that the Argentina international is a major threat, he has faith in the Yellow Submarines' defenders to keep him under check.
"Aguero's move to City (from Atletico Madrid during the summer) was a surprise for me," the 24-year-old told The People. "My bet was he'd go to Italy but he decided on England and his performances haven't been bad at all.
"He is very swift, has great ability and is an excellent dribbler. He is a nightmare for defenders, but Villarreal know how to stop him."
Aguero's compatriot Carlos Tevez will not feature against Villarreal as he is currently ostracised by City, but Rossi believes that the Citizens are still "strong".
"Villarreal are better off for the absence of Tevez on the field, although City's squad is strong and they have other dangerous players," explained the Italy international.
"In attack they still have Mario Balotelli, Aguero and Edin Dzeko.
"There will be no surprises for me in the fight against City's defenders because I know them.
"Joleon Lescott is getting better every year and Vincent Kompany is the boss of their defence. It will be a beautiful battle and these matches give me a special incentive.
Winning in Manchester
"City played well against Napoli and only had problems in the last phase, although in Munich, Bayern were always on top.
"Now it's City against Villarreal and we cannot afford to miss out in Manchester if we want to maintain our chances in the competition.
"We need to get back to our normal style and habits, and avoid any pressure or nerves. That will be the key for us on Tuesday and we can do it."