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Pep Guardiola takes charge of his first European tie at Manchester City as they travel to Steaua Bucharest for the first leg of their Champions League play-off on Tuesday.

Guardiola tasted victory in his first competitive match as head coach on Saturday, beating Sunderland 2-1 in the Premier League, but now attention turns to Europe as they look to put one foot in the group stages.

Joe Hart has been named in the 21-man squad to travel to Romania, but Yaya Toure, who did not make the bench against Sunderland, has again been left out.
Pep Guardiola won his first competitive game with City on Saturday

Pep plays down Yaya absence

Pep Guardiola plays down Yaya Toure's absence from Man City's Champions League play-off

Hart's omission from the starting XI on Saturday raised many questions about his future under Guardiola, with Willy Caballero given the start in goal.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference at the Arena Nationala, Guardiola addressed the absence of Toure, saying: "He is a player of us and he is training amazing, but I was not sure if he was going to play, and so I prefer it if he stays there training in Manchester.

"We travelled with two young guys and for the selection I prefer it to be the young guys than Yaya Toure."

Guardiola sold Toure to City in 2010 and he has made more than 250 appearances for the club


Team news

As well as Toure, Samir Nasri, Wilfried Bony, Eliaquim Mangala, Oleksandar Zinchenko and Jason Denayer have also been left at home.

Summer signings Ilkay Gundogan (knee) and Leroy Sane (hamstring) miss out through injury, as does Vincent Kompany (thigh), but youngsters Angus Gunn, Tosin Adarabioyo and Angelino Tasende have made the trip.

Hart is in the squad and could feature, while Nicolas Otamendi is also available after recovering from a tendon problem.

City reached the semi-finals of the Champions League last season


Statistics

Guardiola has won the Champions League twice as a manager. Only Bob Paisley and Carlo Ancelotti have won it more times.

City reached the Champions League semi-final last season for the first time. They had not progressed beyond the first knock-out stage before that.

Sergio Aguero has scored 17 goals in 33 Champions League games for City.
John Stones explains how Pep Guardiola has prepared them for the opening Champions League game at Steaua Bucharest


Guardiola has now won the opening league game of the season as a manager in each of his last seven seasons (three for Barcelona, three for Bayern, one for Man City).

Steaua Bucharest have not won any of their last 12 Champions League group games at home. Their only win in 21 home group games was in 1996 against Widzew Lodz.

Steaua have won the Romanian title a record 26 times, most recently in 2014/15.
Andy Dunn believes that Hart has no future at Manchester City


Betting

City are just 4/9 with Sky Bet to establish a first-leg lead, with Steaua Bucharest up against odds of 11/2 to win on the night and 6/1 to progress at the expense of Guardiola's men.

City are currently considered 12/1 fifth favourites to win the competition, with Barcelona currently heading the betting at 100/30.

Aguero heads the first goalscorer betting at just 5/2, with Nicolae Stanciu considered the hosts' main threat at 10/1 to net first.

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