Match: Manchester City – Juventus
Date: Tuesday, 15th September 2015
Start time: 19:45 pm
Runner-up in the Champions League last season Juventus face Manchester City in the match from first round of Group “D” of most commercial club tournament. The game is on Tuesday at 19:45 GMT on the “Etihad Stadium” in Manchester. The group has been identified as “Group of Death” after it are more the teams of Sevilla and Borussia Monchengladbach.
Last season Manchester City have won only one of their four households – against Bayern Munich with 3:2. “Citizens” have only three wins from 11 matches of “Etihad” in the Champions League, which is perhaps the main reason for the poor performance of the team in the tournament.
All three home games against representatives of the City of Series “A” ended at 1:1, including the match against Roma in September last year. Their last victory over Italian opponent was at home against AC Milan during the 1978/79 season in the tournament for the UEFA Cup.
In the English Premier League Manchester City is a strong leader after five wins from five matches. In their last match the team of Manuel Pellegrini beat Crystal Palace 1:0 as a guest. In the debut of Kevin De Bruyne City had a lot of problems, but it came to success with a goal late from reserve Kelechi Iheanacho. 18-year-old Nigerian had entered the game literally seconds to become the hero for his team.
Juventus will participate for the fourth consecutive time in the group stage of the Champions League. The Italian team are unbeaten in their last four away matches in the tournament. “Bianconeri” But no victory in England from 1996/97 season, when Manchester United beat 1:0 at “Old Trafford” in a meeting of the group stage.
For Juventus started the season great, having triumphed in the Italian Super Cup, beating Lazio 2:0. Hardly anyone, however, suspected that after playing the first three rounds in Serie “A” “Bianconeri” will have only one point. “The Old Lady” made a loss of Udinese and AS Roma in the first two rounds, and the weekend is good to a point in his household Chievo (1:1).
Massimiliano Allegri again will not be able to count on Sami Khedira. Germany international arrived in Turin from Real Madrid this summer, but still could not debut for his new club.
Last meetings of the two teams were in season 2010/11 from group stage. In both games the winner was aired once ended at 1:1. Ultimately City finished as the group winner and Juventus remain third after six draws.
After poor perfomance that Juventus shows the beginning of Series “A” does not expect “Bianconeri” to oppose inspired Manchester City, which crushes everything in its path in the “Premier League”.