Pre-match Report: Man City vs. RB Leipzig
Updated: Sep 14, 2021
Finally, Manchester City are back to Champions League football. After a disappointing end to the previous 2020/21 campaign, Man City seem re-energised as ever to get the 2021/22 Champions League campaign kick-started with a win against German opposition, RB Leipzig.
The match is expected to be a very attacking game with the Leipzig side known to usually come out and play. Man City will stick to what they normally do, pass, find spaces and apply pressure.
The City side is expected to be largely similar to the squad that faced Leicester in the weekend which saw Bernardo's goal get us win a against a very tough opponent. The squad to face RB Leipzig could feature Man City midfield ace, Kevin De Bruyne and have Phil Foden come on for a couple of minutes as he is still in the early stages of his recovery.
Riyad Mahrez could feature too after a superb run in the final stages of last seasons Champions League campaign. The Algerian is nothing short of an asset in this competition.
John Stones is still yet to play for Man City this season after a very impressive European Championship which saw England get to the final but lose to former City boss, Roberto Mancini. Pep might decide that this could be an opportunity to reintegrate the Barnsley Beckenbauer back into the squad, though position competitor, Aymeric Laporte has been faultless for City so far this season.
Though, according to Manchester Evening News journalist Simon Bajkowski, John Stones and Aymeric Laporte weren't fit enough to take part in the Man City training session today and are 'doubtful' for the RB Leipzig match tomorrow, however Ruben Dias and Nathan Ake both trained.
RB Leipzig are currently 12th in their home league, the Bundesliga. The German side are not a team to underestimated having reached respectable levels in the Champions League, finishing higher than City in recent seasons.
Leipzig have won only one of their last 4 games in the Bundesliga and the effect of losing Julian Nagelsmann seems to be main reason.
Man City have won three of their last 4 fixtures with the only loss being a 1-0 one to Tottenham Hotspur away from home.
The game vs. RB Leipzig is set to be a feastful one and one that will further boost the moral of a side looking for trophies, especially that so-lucrative Champions League.
Man City striker/winger, Ferran Torres spoke about the Club's focus and determination to win the UCL.
“It’s the Champions League, it’s the biggest tournament and you can’t relax,” Torres said.
“Any team could beat you. They’re in that competition for a reason.
“We were very close to winning it last year. We did a great season in the Champions League and we won the Premier League, which is the most challenging competition because you have to be consistent for a whole year to be able to win it.
"The Champions League? Yes, we just couldn’t make it last season but now we have another chance and we’ll do our best to win it.”
Here are the details...
Live on BT Sport 3 (UK)
Kick-off is at 8pm (BST)
K.O. at the Etihad Stadium
Live commentary on City Chief
Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (NED)
Assistant Referee(s): Joost van Zuilen (NED), Johan Balder (NED)
Video Assistant Referee: Pol van Boekel (NED)
Assistant VAR: Stéphanie Frappart (FRA)
Fourth official: Jeroen Manschot (NED)
Written by Shayne/@MCFCnow.