Man City struggled without familiar chorus of boos

MANCHESTER City captain Vincent Kompany has admitted his side was distracted against CSKA Moscow by the lack of abusive chanting.

Fans were banned from watching the 2-2 draw, meaning the stadium was empty but for UEFA dignitaries and journalists, none of whom were intending to watch the game anyway.

Kompany said: “As a Man City player, you get a real lift from 40,000 people telling you they hate you. Everyone dreams of being burnt in effigy, and we really missed that against CSKA.

“You feel really self-conscious complaining at the referee when he can actually hear you.”

Man City assistant boss Brian Kidd said: “I swore at them from the touchline as much as I could, but as usual, I don’t think they paid me any attention.”

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