Hoffenheim – Manchester City Review

Oct 2, 2018 | Soccer news and reviews

It’s never easy when you start your campaign in the Champions League with a loss. Especially
when you are one of the favourites to win the competition. But this happened to the English
champion Manchester City. Pep Guardiola’s boys suffered a 1-2 defeat against Olympique
Lyonnais in their opening fixture at the Etihad Stadium. And now they will try to fix the mistake
during the visit to Hoffenheim in Germany. Let’s examine this match in our soccer predictions for
today.
Manchester City’s project would be complete only when the club wins the Champions League for a
first time. The club’s owners invested a lot of money in this project, which have won them a few
titles in the Premier League. But only domestic success is not enough for their ambitions. This is
why the club moved immediately to acquire the services of Josep Guardiola, when it became clear
that the Catalan coach will leave his former club Bayern Munich.
The last season was the most successful in Man CIty’s history with the club winning the Premier
League with the record-breaking 100 points. But the dream of winning the Champions League was
shattered by another English side – Liverpool.
Many things didn’t work quite well for Manchester City against Olympique Lyonnais on September
19. Guardiola decided to start the game without Sergio Aguero, Riyad Mahrez and Leroy Sane in
the starting eleven, giving starting places to Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva. In
the second half Guardiola put Aguero, Sane and Mahrez on the pitch, but City’s efforts were
enough only for a single goal scored by Bernardo Silva.
The loss against Olympique Lyonnais put City in a delicate situation, because against Hoffenheim
they simply can’t allow it to lose any points no more. This group looks very balanced and all of the
four team will make an effort to reach the 1/8-finals. This means that City must get back on winning
road as soon as possible.
Hoffenheim are already ahead of City in the Group F standings. The German team won a strategic
point in their first game in the competition this year, doing a 2-2 draw during the visit to Shakhtar
Donetsk in Kharkiv. The manager Julian Nagelsmann and his players can feel some regrets about
this result, because Hoffenhem got ahead in the scoreline on two different occasions in the game.
Florian Grillitsch and Havard Nordtveit scored in Shakhtar’s net, but the Ukrainian team managed
to save the point with a late goal from Maycon just 9 minutes before the end of the match.
Guardiola knows Hoffenheim from his time in the German Bundesliga, but there’s a little difference
here – he doesn’t know Julian Nagelsmann. Let’s talk a little bit about Hoffenheim’s manager in our
soccer predictions for today for this game.
Julian Nagelsmann is a true phenomenon in European football. Hoffenheim’s head coach is just
31-years old, but he’s already regarded as a future great. He’s the youngest manager in the
European top leagues. It’s simply phenomenal that a manager who is just 31-years old could be
already coaching a team in the Bundesliga and the Champions League.
Pep Guardiola spent three years in the Bundesliga, but he never met Julian Nagesmann as an
opponent on the bench. You can be sure that these two managers will give us a great tactical
battle on the pitch. They are both very capable tactitians, who are able to surprise us at any point.
Now they will try to outsmart each other on Tuesday night.
Manchester City have some problems before the visit to Germany. Kevin De Bruyne remains
sidelined with an injury, while the left back Benjamin Mendy is also not ready to feature. Most likely
he’s going to get replaced by Fabian Delph or Oleksandr Zinchenko.
Julian Nagelsmann’s problems are even bigger before the game. Lukas Rupp, Dennis Geiger,
Nadiem Amiri, Benjamin Hubner, Kerem Demirbay and Kasim Adams are all out for the home
team.

What these two teams did in their last matches in their domestic leagues?
Manchester City enjoyed a comfortable 2-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion at the Etihad.
Raheem Sterling and Kun Aguero scored for the Cityzens, who are now leading the Premier
League standings ahead of Liverpool and Chelsea.
Meanwhile Hoffenheim are struggling since the start of the new season in the Bundesliga. Hoffe
are currently 12th in the league standings with 7 points won and a record of 2 wins, 1 draw and 3
losses. Right now they are much more inconsistent than they probably hoped to. In their last game
Hoffenheim suffered their third loss for the season, conceding a 1-2 home loss against RB Leipzig.
Andrej Kramaric scored a late penalty for Hoffe in the injury time of the game, but the team didn’t
have enough time to score another one and win at least a point here.
Surely this is not the performance Julian Nagelsmann hoped to see from his boys in the first
rounds of the new Bundesliga season. But of course, it’s just the beginning of the campaign, so
Hoffe have enough time to improve and get back on their feet.
Before the game Pep Guardiola said that he respects Hoffenheim and have a high opinion for this
team. In other words, you shall not expect to see Man City underrestimating their opponent on
Tuesday night.
This is what we had to say about this Champions League clash between Hoffenheim and
Manchester City in our soccer predictions for today. Both teams are looking for their first win in the
Champions League for the season. Hoffenheim’s position right now is a little bit better, because
Manchester City lost their first game in the competition and they currently have zero points. The
English team knows that they can’t afford to make a mistake here. But in same time, Hoffenheim
won’t just hand them the three points. It’s going to be a fierce battle between these two sides, you
can be sure about this.

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