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Schennikov eager to block leaky CSKA defence

The Russian Premier League outfit have conceded eight goals in their last four matches and 22-year-old defender Schennikov admits they can ill afford to give City an easy ride.

With both sides on three points, Wednesday's meeting in Moscow represents a crunch clash in Group D, which is led by a Bayern Munich side who have inflicted City and CSKA's defeats.

Manuel Pellegrini's men fell 3-1 to the German title holders, while the Russians fared even worse, going down 3-0 - a margin that gave Schennikov cause for concern.

"We have started to concede a lot of goals in our last few games," he told

"But we are looking ahead and want to concede fewer and try and keep more clean sheets.

"They have got a word-class line-up with very few weaknesses.

"Their forwards particularly impress me and there is a lot of competition for places. Take Jesus Navas – he's a very good player, and we played against him when he was at Sevilla."