Facing Young Boys on Tuesday evening, Manchester City may guarantee their place in the knockout stages of the Champions League. Just one more point could see Pep Guardiola’s team advance to the knockout rounds once more after they defeated the opposition 3-1 in Switzerland last month.
After their poor performance previously in Rodri’s absence, Manchester City has bounced back and is now again on the winning track. They destroyed Bournemouth 6-1 over the weekend, demonstrating that Guardiola’s team was back to playing at their most effective level. The Citizens have not lost any of their previous 27 Champions League contests at the Etihad; just Liverpool with 30 have an even longer undefeated streak among English teams within the Champions League. They are unbeaten in 16 elite European matches since their memorable Bernabeu loss to Real Madrid in May 2022. Only Kevin De Bruyne is expected to miss this Champions League matchup from Pep Guardiola’s deep roster of elite players. Due to a fitness worry over the weekend, Erling Haaland, the manager of Manchester City, is unsure if he is going to risk the club’s leading scorer for this match.
A cursory look at the standings indicates that Young Boys, who have participated in the group stages of the 2018–19 and 2021–22 Champions League before, might not be having success in their third attempt to overturn and earn a surprising top–two position. Their solitary success in Group G thus far comes from a 2-2 tie with Red Star Belgrade, and even that was marred by frustration as the Serbian team pulled equal in the 88th minute of play. The holders of the Swiss Super League also got off to a perfect start ahead of their Etihad stopover, defeating Winterthur 4-1 in domestic play over the course of the weekend. Young Boys won’t anticipate making a late push in the group stages and mounting an uphill battle for a spot in the top 2, despite any lingering hope. Their primary goal will undoubtedly be to secure a third-place finish and qualify for the Europa League.
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Manchester City vs Young Boys Game Information
- Date: 11/07/2023
- Time: 03:00 PM ET
- Location: Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England.
- How to Watch Man City vs Boys: Paramount+
- Live Stream: fubo.tv