Hoffenheim – Manchester City
Hoffenheim hosts Manchester City in a game from the 2nd round of the Champions League group stage. Let’s take a look at this clash at the WIRSOL Rhein-Neckar-Arena.
Hoffenheim started their participation at the Champions League group stage with a draw. The German club shared the points with Shakhtar Donetsk in Kharkiv. The game on Ukrainian soil ended with a 2-2 draw.
On two occasions Hoffe got the lead in the game, thanks to goals from Florian Grillitsch and Havard Nordtveit. But on both occasions Shakhtar equalized with goals from Ismaily and Maycon. It was a thrilling game to watch. Both teams could have won, but in the end they shared the points.
Manchester City shocked everyone with the way they started their CL campaign. The English champion suffered a surprising 1-2 defeat against Olympique Lyonnais at the Etihad. Gnaly Cornet and Nabil Fekir gave Lyonnais a serious advantage in the game. Bernardo Silva scored for City after the break, but the home team was unable to score a second one an at least win a point.
That loss put Man City in a delicate situation now. The Cityzens do not have any other option, but to chase a positive result on German soil against Hoffenheim. If Pep Guardiola’s team suffers another negative result, this would put them in a dangerous place to be.
We shall expect to see Manchester City very motivated and eager to win against Hoffenheim, after their surprising loss against Olympique Lyonnais. It was an unexpected way to start the campaign for them, so now they can fix their mistake and move on. But you can be sure that Hoffenheim won’t just hand the win to Man City.
These are our thoughts about the Champions League clash between Hoffenheim and Manchester City.