Manchester City will begin their Champions League knockout campaign on Wednesday night by traveling to Germany to play the first leg of their last-16 match against RB Leipzig.
The Citizens will seek retribution at the Red Bull Arena after losing their previous trip there by a score of 2-1 during the competition’s group round last season.
The home victory over Man City last season, in which Dominik Szoboszlai and Andre Silva both scored before Kyle Walker was dismissed late in the game, will be remembered by Die Roten Bullen, who lost to Rangers in the Europa League semi-finals the season before.
Leipzig will be aware of the struggle they face on Wednesday, but they can go into the game confident that they can get a win against a City team that is looking to get back on track after a rough patch.
After winning four and drawing two of their six group-stage matches earlier this season, the Citizens advanced to the Champions League knockout rounds for the tenth consecutive year, topping Group G ahead of Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla, and Copenhagen. They are now aiming to make it past the round of 16 for the sixth consecutive season as they take on Leipzig on Wednesday.
Before last season’s group-stage defeat to Leipzig, City had amassed a 15-game winning streak in the Champions League against German opponents, including a stunning 6-3 victory against Leipzig at the Etihad Stadium in September 2021. On Wednesday, the Citizens will look to put on another forceful performance in front of goal in an effort to take a lead into the home leg of the match the following month.