Relief for Pep Guardiola after Manchester City overcome fear factor

Jose Mourinho is under pressure at Manchester United

Jose Mourinho is under pressure at Manchester United

The Catalan, who will be back on the touchline at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena after serving a one-match European ban, said: "In the Champions League we don't have time to lose a lot of games and we lost the first one".

Hoffenheim enter the game against City following a loss to RB Leipzig on Saturday.

Zabaleta's final season at City saw him play just 32 times across all competitions, with winger Jesus Navas sometimes preferred at right-back throughout the campaign.

Leroy Sane could make his fourth start of the season in attack.

The impressive results have led many to reconsider them as title hopefuls, but Nevin believes that they are too far behind City and Liverpool FC to really mount a challenge.

For almost 90 minutes, Manchester City dominated possession and buzzed TSG Hoffenheim's net with chances that didn't much rile the hosts.

"We are the leaders again now since the last fixtures and after that game we still want to be number one".

Ishak Belfodil netted an early opener as he ran onto a good ball from Kerem Demirbay and slotted past Emerson, before Sergio Aguero levelled matters a few minutes later.

City's record goalscorer has bagged over 200 goals for the club - but, remarkably, not one of them has been at Anfield.

However, the Argentine has scored 35 Premier League goals against "big six" sides since joining City in 2011 - scoring 15 goals more than any other player.

But it's not all doom and gloom for City, though.

Manchester City have got off to a strong start in the Premier League, picking up 19 points in their first seven games.

Whatever formation they select, City can be expected to win when you match the two sides on paper.

Former Real Madrid and England striker, Michael Owen has predicted Manchester United to play 1-1 against Valencia in today's Champions League clash at Old Trafford.

"We knew we had 15 points to fight for and we now have three".

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