City Through as Group Winners after Victory in Final Game
Manchester City ended their Champions League group with a win last night, and that was enough for them to go through as group winners. There is a bit of pressure on City this season in the Champions League, perhaps more than they have ever had before, and it is time for them to genuinely challenge for the title, and their group win has ensured that they have got off to the best possible start.
With a win in the group, City will now get an easier tie in the next round, and there is a list of four teams that they could face in the first knockout round. Those teams are Atletico Madrid, Schalke, Roma and Ajax. They would fancy their chances against all four, though Atletico Madrid would certainly offer the toughest task out of those teams. By avoiding the big guns, City have a great chance to make the last eight, but they will want to go a lot further than that, this is the year they have to challenge all the way to keep their fans happy.
As far as the game last night went, despite only winning by a one goal margin, City were on top for most of the game. When Hoffenheim took the lead, City came to life and they played very well. Leroy Sane scored both goals in the win, with his free kick in particular a highlight of the game. All in all this was another comfortable European night for them, and while tougher nights await, you can't say this hasn't been a good start to the competition for Pep Guardiola and his players.
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After making the last 16, Manchester City are the favourites to win the Champions League this season. The pressure on them to win this competition is increasing each year, and with the squad they have there is no reason to think they couldn't win the competition with a little bit of luck. City are priced up at 3/1 to win the competition, with Barcelona in behind them as second favourites at 9/2 and Juventus third best at 11/2. There is increasing pressue on City in the Champions League, but this really could be their year.