Manchester City are preparing for a tumultuous clash against a tough RB Leipzig side in the second leg of their Champions League tie on Tuesday evening at 8pm.
Pep Guardiola has the luxury of a fully fit squad – the Citizens have no fresh injuries concerns, nor do they have any players unavailable for the game. As such, City can have no excuses if they fail to progress.
In the first leg of the tie, the scores ended level at 1-1. The Sky Blues were on top throughout the first half, peppering the Germans’ goal with a plethora of efforts. While City had little trouble in opening up Leipzig’s defence, they did not take all of their chances – nevertheless, they entered the break ahead, thanks to a goal from former Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez.
In the second half, Leipzig began to grow into the game. They began to increase the pressure, which seemed to rattle the Sky Blues somewhat. They came close on two occasions before finally netting the equaliser, which came through star defender Josko Gvardiol.
Leipzig are no pushovers. They have a slew of incredibly talented footballers within their ranks, such as Dani Olmo, Dominick Szoboszlai and former Chelsea striker Timo Werner. City will need to be on top of their game if they are to proceed to the next round – however, with a fully fit squad and the home ground advantage, it’s far from impossible.
City have never won the Champions League. The closest they came was back in 2021, when they were beaten by Chelsea in the final – can they add the increasingly elusive trophy to their cabinet this season? Who knows maybe City will end up playing Chelsea in the competition again.