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UCL: City vs Porto


Man City's Champions League goal continues this season when they have the Etihad home fulcrum for the opening match of Group C against Portugal runner-up Porto. Dragons have won the tournament twice and have just drawn 2-2 against Sporting Lisbon in the domestic league while The Citizens won Arsenal 1-0 in the Premier League.

With a painful defeat in the quarter-final against Lyon in last season's still relatively new to their minds, Manchester City embark on their quest for continental glory once again in the Champions League. The Citizens have not shown their best fluency in 2020/21, with lingering central defense problems and a characteristic lack of final coordination in front of the opposing penalty box creating some less inspirational performance. After an opening Premier League win over Wolves, Pep Guardiola's well-assembled side were defeated at home to Leicester before Man City dropped another 2 points against Leeds, despite a hard win 1 -0 at home to Arsenal on Saturday in their last match will help to raise confidence levels at the Etihad Stadium. While The Citizens have yet to fully find their best form, they have averaged 2 goals per 90 minutes so far this season, and with Raheem Sterling in deadly form, Sergio Aguero is moving on. to the full fitness and creative strength of Riyad Mahrez, Man City had too much firepower to support Porto. However, Man City have only kept one clean sheet this season, while their defensive record in the Champions League is not impressive, having conceded all of their last 7 times in the tournament.

The Portuguese giant with Champions League experience will return to the group stage of the tournament after failing to qualify last year. Coach Sérgio Conceição's team will have a chance to win second place in Group C in the group where Marseille and the weaker Olympiakos are also competing for the qualification to the knockout round. However, Porto's preparations for Wednesday's toughest group stage match were far from ideal after the Dragoes lost 5 points in 2 matches at the tournament following their 3-2 loss to Maritimo and draw 2. -2 against old rival Sporting CP. After scoring 5 goals in their last 2 matches, FC Porto will come to Manchester with a deep defense. 




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