Match Today: Manchester City vs Copenhagen 05-10-2022 UEFA Champions League
Manchester City is focusing all of its focus on the Champions League as it hosts Copenhagen on Wednesday.
Premier League champions Manchester City will want to secure their place in the next stage by beating FC Copenhagen in the Champions League. Manchester City beat Manchester United 6-3 in their last Premier League game. And if they maintain the momentum, another target holiday could be imminent.
Manchester City were again defeated in the Champions League semi-finals, as Real Madrid came back to haunt them again, as Pep Guardiola's continental dream waned again last season.
But the English champions got off to a fresh start this season with their victories over Borussia Dortmund and Seville. They are determined to put things behind them in an attempt to take over the stage this time
Manchester City vs Copenhagen
FC Copenhagen was not at its best and if we stick to their standards it will take a lot to get something positive out of this match.
Their Danish title defense has been in tatters as they currently sit sixth after winning five and losing six so far in the top flight.
They managed a last-gasp win over Aarhus in the last game and will be full of confidence when they take on a jubilant City at home. But their away form has been very worrying as they have won only once in their last seven away games and they will be eager to escape the miracle.
City last met Copenhagen in the 2008-09 UEFA Cup where the winner ran out and this time also they would not have any facilitation problems to win.
The victories against Sevilla and Borussia Dortmund have put them in a very strong position and unless something extraordinary happens they will be the first team to secure a place in the next stage.
Copenhagen vs Manchester City
Manchester City and Copenhagen last faced each other in the 2008/09 UEFA Cup, with the Nationals winning 4-3 on aggregate thanks to a 2-1 win in the second leg thanks to a Craig Bellamy double.
Copenhagen's last win came back in the Champions League in 2016 against Club Brugge.
Manchester City have been unbeaten at home in the Champions League in 21 games. Erling Braut Holland has scored 26 goals in 21 Champions League matches, scoring every 62 minutes on average which is the best rate of any of the 60 players who have scored more than 20 goals in the competition.
The player with the second best rate is Mario Gomez, who averages a goal every 102 minutes. Haaland has already equaled Gomez's Champions League goal of 26 despite playing under 1,000 minutes.
Joao Cancelo has directly participated in eight goals in the Champions League since the beginning of last season, scoring two goals and making six other goals, the most goals for any defender in this period. Manchester City was not spared from winning the Manchester derby.
Kyle Walker is off the field and is unlikely to face FC Copenhagen. Rodri and John Stones did not play against Manchester United, and they may miss this confrontation. Calvin Phillips will also remain on the sidelines, so Pep Guardiola has lost several key players. Ederson Moraes will take his place in goal. In front of him will be a new central defender made up of Robin Dias and Aymeric Laporte.