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Manchester City – Liverpool (Champions League)

Pep Guardiola and his side arrive here in the aftermath of two consecutive defeats, for the first time this season, and now have the difficult task of turning the tie at the Etihad Stadium, against Liverpool. The Citizens arrive here after a defeat in the Manchester derby, in this stadium, allowing the Red Devils to turn a result of 2-0 into 2-3. Are the wheels coming off Manchester City’s season at the worst possible moment? The Reds, on their turn, have one foot in the semi-finals, but are aware that against a team like City nothing is ever guaranteed.

Manchester City arrive here in the aftermath of two consecutive defeats, against Liverpool and Manchester United, and this is the first time this season the team concedes two consecutive defeats, conceding three goals in each match. The Citizens saw their title celebrations being postponed to another time after allowing a defeat in their own ground against their arch-rivals, losing 2-3 after being ahead in the scoresheet by 2-0. In their 4 home games for the Champions League, the Skyblues won 3 and lost 1, with 6 goals scored and 3 goals conceded, although that defeat came at the hands of FC Basel in the 2nd leg of the round of 16, when Guardiola’s men were already qualified for these quarter-finals.

If City can perform to the same level as they did in the first half of the Manchester derby, and take their opportunities, then they have a chance of pulling off a remarkable comeback. In fact, in a team with the individual and collective quality like Manchester City, anything is possible. Still, conceding a goal here could be the end of the european journey for Guardiola’s men.

Probable Lineup: Ederson – Walker, Stones, Otamendi and Delph – Fernandinho, David Silva and De Bruyne – Sterling, Aguero and Sané.

champions leagueLiverpool, on their turn, arrive here motivated after the result achieved in the 1st leg, reaching the half-time in front of the scoresheet by 3-0, a result they protected until the end of the match. During the weekend, the Reds played the Merseyside derby, where they could not get better than a goalless draw at Goodison Park, against arch-rivals Everton, a match where Jurgen Klopp rested some key-players. Liverpool are undefeated in the Champions League this season and have won 2 of the 4 home matches in the competition, drawing the other 2, with 16 goals scored and 4 goals conceded.

Despite the 3-0 advantage from the 1st leg, the Reds will have a very difficult match at the Etihad, and are well aware that their opponents will adopt a very offensive posture in order to pull off a remarkable comeback. However, they are also aware that one goal should be enough to secure their passage into the last four of the Champions League for the first time since the 2007/08 campaign.

Probable Lineup: Karius – Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Dijk and Robertson – Wijnaldum, Milner and Chamberlain – Mané, Firmino and Salah.

Manchester City won only 1 of their last 8 direct clashes, drawing 2 and losing the remaining 5.

InglaterraManchester City
Champions League 2017/18
Liverpool 4-3 Manchester City
Premier League 2017/18
Manchester City 5-0 Liverpool
Premier League 2017/18
Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool
Premier League 2016/17
Liverpool 1-0 Manchester City
Premier League 2016/17
Liverpool 3-0 Manchester City
Premier League 2015/16
1-1(1-3 g.p.)
InglaterraManchester City
Capital One Cup 2015/16
Manchester City 1-4 Liverpool
Premier League 2015/16

Expect a match with huge intensity and a few goals on the scoresheet. In order to stay alive in the Champions League, Manchester City need to take a very offensive posture and seek the goal at all cost, needing at least three goals without conceding to have a chance of proceeding in the competition. Aware of all this, the Reds will look to exploit the space behind City’s defensive line to create scoring chances. Manchester City should be able to win the match, but qualifying to the next round will be much more difficult.

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Manchester City
  • Country: England
  • Stadium: Etihad
  • City: Manchester
  • Establishment: 1880

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  • Country: England
  • Stadium: Anfield Road
  • City: Liverpool
  • Establishment: 1892

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