Champions League Hoffenheim vs Manchester City
Hoffenheim’s good debut in the group stage of the Champions League.
Although they did not add up to three points in the opening game, young coach Julian Nageslamnn’s side won a point against Ukraine in a 2-2 draw with Shakhtar Donetsk in a match where they put a lot of trouble on Paulo Fonseca’s side. have had a good start to the season.
Hoffenheim were twice in advantage, Shakhtar only drew the final draw in the final stretch of the game and with the display they played out in a difficult field the Germans showed they want to meddle in the fight for the knockout rounds in a group where favorite Manchester City was surprised and lost on Matchday 1, interesting to the last round.
Hoffenheim have already made three appearances for the German Bundesliga after the European match, where they did not start as expected (they are 12th place after 6 matches with only 7 points and 2 wins).
They recently drew 1-1 at home to Dortmund, won at home to Hannover 96 (3-1) and lost at home to Leipzig (1-2) last Saturday. Next weekend, they will receive Eintracht Frankfurt.
As I have already mentioned, Manchester City started their campaign very badly in a Champions League edition where they are singled out for the European title.
The truth is that the pressure seems to have affected Guardiola’s team, who won the Premier League in England last season but in Europe things are always going to get complicated.
With a 1-2 loss to Lyon on Matchday 1 in the middle of Ethiad, City will naturally not add any point and take fourth and final place in Group F.
In that game, they already left for the interval to lose by 0-2, in the first part they were not aggressive enough on either side of the field, in the second they improved substantially the yield but they were not able to overcome the well mounted defense of Lyon, who won by two closed in cups. Of some occasions that the City managed to create in the second half, only materialized one, by Bernardo Silva.
The reaction to that defeat in the Champions League debut was felt in the next game of the league, as City went to Wales to thrash newly promoted Cardiff City by five unanswered goals, with a remarkable display to all levels.
After that, they qualified in the League Cup by hitting without a problem outside the modest Oxford (3-0), in a game in which Guardiola used to give a few minutes to less used players of his squad.
Last Saturday they added a third consecutive home win, beating Brighton 2-0 at home, benefiting from the draw between Chelsea and Liverpool to rise to the top of the standings with the same 19 points of the reds, with whom meet on Sunday at Anfield Road.
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I anticipate a very interesting game, with Manchester City naturally having more ball, but a cheeky Hoffenheim and that can be very dangerous to play in counterattack against the English team.
This is the specialty of a Hoffenheim who likes to have a ball and attack, has players fast enough to hurt any opponent in transition, that is how City suffered and lost in the first round with Lyon, I do not believe that they will stumble again because they must enter with levels of concentration and intensity superior to what happened in the debut, yet I foresee a game with good chances of goal with the two goals and good opportunities for the attackers of both sets.
For all this, I expect a final result with both goals and I do not see the minimum value in a Manchester City triumph, because if Nageslamnn manage to structure his team to defend well and not give space to the English, Guardiola will have many headaches to leave Germany with three points on this return after having trained Bayern.
Sure Bet: Both teams to score