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Time for Manchester City to impress in Europe

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Manchester City have started like a runaway train and already look the major favourites for the title having won five out of five, scoring eleven and conceding none.

It has been a dream start for The Sky Blues who are on red hot form heading into their Champions League duel against Series A champions, Juventus, on Tuesday evening.

Manchester City always seem to be drawn the dreaded, ‘group of death’ and have really struggled to make an impression in the competition.

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They have been knocked out in the Round of 16 in the past two seasons against Barcelona and were comfortably beaten last season, losing 3-1 on aggregate. Even when they do get through the likes of Bayern Munich in the group stages, they continue to be drawn tough teams in the knockout phases and got beat by the best in Europe last season.

GROUP D

City have still been drawn a difficult group this time around but will be relieved to miss the big four of Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Real Madrid and PSG.

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They will face Borussia Mönchengladbach, Sevilla and Juventus this time round and should have more than enough in their squad to win the group.

Juventus look to be the major rivals in this group for City and will no doubt be fighting for top spot. The Serie A champions reached the final in last season’s competition. They are an excellent team but City have enough to beat them and will hope to put a marker down when the two sides meet at the Ethiad on Tuesday evening.

They can be hopeful of a good result as Juve look considerably weaker this season after losing top goal scorer Carlos Tevez and Arturo Vidal to Bayern Munich.

STRENGTH IN DEPTH KEY

Manchester City’s squad is packed with superstars and they’ve brought in some excellent players in this summer window.

Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling have both been added to the squad for a combined £103 million.

Both are outstanding players who will improve City’s first eleven; Sterling adds pace to the side whilst De Bruyne offers a different option with the vision and creativity to excel.

With both these players in the team, Man City will thrive and certainly create a lot of chances. They are both young too and are only going to improve when playing with class players like Yaya Toure, David Silva and Sergio Aguero.

STAR PLAYERS MISSING

City fans have been looking forward to the Champions League since the draw, and given their excellent form of late, there’s a real optimism that they can go far in the competition this season. With the money they’ve spent and a slightly easier group this time round it’s a real opportunity for the Citizens.

Injury problems have left City’s faithful now in a state of worry, with Sergio Aguero expected to miss the match after picking up a knock against Crystal Palace.

David Silva and Raheem Sterling have both trained ahead of the tie after also picking up knocks which will provide a welcome relief to Manuel Pellegrini.

Manchester City now look in perfect shape to really put a marker down in Europe this season. There main target will be to qualify and hopefully top the group.

They may struggle in Tuesday’s fixture against Juve purely because of the injury problems but can still manage a draw if they dig deep. Their defence has been exceptional this season and no one has got past them yet. If City keep it tight at the back again then they can still get a result in this match.

A draw wouldn’t be a bad result and would give them something to build on. They can’t afford to lose the game because that will heap masses of pressure on the team and will give Juventus the advantage straight away.

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