Manchester City is aiming to achieve a perfect record in the UEFA Champions League group stage with their fourth consecutive win. They will face reigning Swiss champions BSC Young Boys at Etihad Stadium on Tuesday.
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In their previous encounter two weeks ago, Pep Guardiola’s team secured a 3-1 victory in Bern. However, the European champions had to wait until the second half for all four goals to be scored. Manchester City took the lead through Manuel Akanji in the 48th minute, but Young Boys’ Meschack Elia quickly equalized four minutes later. Erling Haaland sealed the victory for City with a penalty goal in the 67th minute, and added another goal just minutes before full-time.
At the halfway point of the group stage, Man City is sitting comfortably at the top of Group G with 9 points, three points ahead of RB Leipzig in second place with 6 points. Red Star Belgrade and Young Boys are both at risk of elimination with only 1 point each. A win on Tuesday would secure City’s place in the knockout rounds.
After experiencing a slight setback in their Premier League campaign, suffering consecutive defeats to Wolves and Arsenal before the October international break, Manchester City has bounced back with four consecutive victories in all competitions. In the Premier League, they have won three matches by an impressive margin of 11-2. It seems that the three-time defending champions are finding their form earlier than expected this season, signaling the possibility of a four-horse title race. Currently, City is leading the PL with 27 points after 11 games. However, Tottenham, Liverpool, and Arsenal are all within three points of City, making the title race highly competitive. City is the only team among the top four with more than one defeat this season.
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