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City finalise Champions League squad

Harold Cunningham

Following on from confirmation of the 25-man Premier League squad, we now have the announcement of City's Champions League squad.

The squad, due to the Financial Fair Play sanctions, is restricted to 21 players and is as follows:

Hart, Caballero, Sagna, Kompany, Zabaleta, Kolarov, Mangala, Clichy, Demichelis, Boyata, Fernando, Milner, Nasri, Navas, Lampard, Silva, Fernandinho, Toure, Dzeko, Aguero, Jovetic.

The names missing? John Guidetti (now with Celtic), Scott Sinclair, Richard Wright. Matija Nastasic does not need to be named by virtue of him being under-21 at the turn of the year and as such can be named in the 'B' squad.

In the 21-man squad City could only name 16 non-homegrown players, so the sale of Alvaro Negredo (do check at out Zac's piece on  his departure by the way) ended any discussion on this - although I am certain given his injury he would have been the one to miss out.

I did come across an interesting tweet following the squad announcement from Daniel Geey (@fooballlaw), who raised the question whether it was right that Boyata was the only City-trained homegrown player:

I thought I would throw it out there as a discussion point during the international break and given the readership of Bitter and Blue is very much a worldwide one (especially in the comments section). So, is it right? Should it matter that not only does it appear there is a lack of homegrown players overall, but there is a lack of homegrown players brought through the ranks?

Over to you....