Ajax’s Christian Poulsen feels Manchester City have plenty of talent at their disposal even if David Silva misses their Champions League clash.
The two sides meet at the Amsterdam ArenA on Wednesday in a crunch Group D fixture, with the Dutch team yet to earn a point while Roberto Mancini’s men only have one to their name.
The Spanish midfielder is in major doubt with a hamstring injury but Poulsen is aware that City still possess danger through the likes of Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero.
“Manchester City are a team with a lot of world-class players but I think David Silva is their key player,” Poulsen told Goal.com.
When reminded that Silva is in doubt for the game thanks to an injury picked up on international duty, the midfielder replied: “He is? Well, that’s a small relief but, on the other hand, they have a lot of players who can replace him.
“With guys like Aguero and Toure they will always bring world-class players onto the pitch.
“Toure is a very strong midfielder. His physique is outstanding and that’s going to put us in a difficult position. I think I’ve played against him when I was at Sevilla and he played for Barcelona but he has become even better since joining City.
“It’s going to be a tough couple of weeks for us and it starts against City on Wednesday.
“Against Real Madrid we didn’t play well. We had a lot of problems with the amount of pressure they put on our defence so we couldn’t play our own game.
“Against Borussia Dortmund it was a lot better so we have to focus on that.
“If we manage to play our own way, we can hurt a team like Manchester City.
“But I do know that their current team is world class, just like the other teams in our group.
“I hope we can do better against City then we did against the other teams, because we really need three points.”