Published: Thu, October 04, 2018
Sport | By Matt Richards

SOCCER Champions League Plays Of The Day 10/2

SOCCER Champions League Plays Of The Day 10/2

Manchester United is in turmoil entering Tuesday's UEFA Champions League game against Valencia.

Guardiola will be hoping for a change in fortunes for City on Sunday, but he'll be up against a manager who knows how to beat him better than anyone else.

Having lost their opening match of the Champions League season at home to Lyon, Manchester City were under enormous pressure to take all three points from their trip to Germany to take on Hoffenheim and they accomplished their mission thanks to David Silva, but only just.

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Manchester City boss Guardiola never faced Nagelsmann during his time in the Bundesliga, with the latter taking over at Hoffenheim in February 2016 - just a couple of weeks after Bayern Munich had beaten them at the Allianz Arena.

After missing three of West Ham's four opening Premier League games this season amid doubts over his ability to continue at the top level, Zabaleta has played a big role in the Hammer's three-game unbeaten run which has seen them draw with Chelsea and beat Manchester United at the weekend.

Since then, Jurgen Klopp's side have also beaten City twice in the Champions League quarter-finals to make it three successive wins. City can not afford to have one eye on their trip to Anfield on Sunday, but their squad is deep, and I expect them to get their Champions League challenge back on track.

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Many good teams have come unstuck due to the Europa League and this is most likely what Nevin believes will be what ultimately restricts his former club. "I don't want to talk because if I do I will be in the tribune".

Hoffenheim have won just one of their previous nine matches in European competition (D3 L5), beating Istanbul Basaksehir in last season's Europa League. Aguero both scored and assisted in his last Champions League away game v Basel in February 2018.

City underwent a light session which included fitness drills and a small training match as they recovered from Tuesday night's exertions.

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