On Tuesday night, Manchester City will host RB Leipzig in the second leg of their Champions League round of 16 matchup in an effort to atone for their misdeeds at the Red Bull Arena.
Three weeks ago, Die Roten Bullen were able to hold the Premier League champions to a 1-1 draw in the first leg, but facing the Citizens at home may present entirely new challenges.
Man City are attempting to avoid their first last-16 elimination since losing to Monaco in the 2016–17 season. They also have a chance to make Champions League history this week if they win, as they may tie Arsenal’s record of 14 years for the longest home unbeaten streak in the competition.
In fact, the Citizens have won 21 of their 23 home games in Europe’s top competition, and they boast an impressive unbeaten streak of six games at the Etihad across all competitions since their New Year’s Eve tie with Everton.
In the perfect way to prepare for this match, Rose’s team defeated Borussia Monchengladbach 3-0 in a Bundesliga match on Saturday. Following goals from Timo Werner and Emil Forsberg, Gvardiol once more showed his prowess in the opponent’s penalty area.
Leipzig’s manager Rose has amazingly faced Man City in all three Champions League knockout games that he has taken charge of thus far – the 46-year-Monchengladbach old’s side fell to City’s superiority in the 2020–21 season – but a 2-1 loss to Borussia Dortmund earlier this month ended a nine-game unbeaten run on the road in all competitions for Leipzig.
When Man City defeated Leipzig 6-3 at the Etihad in 2021, the crowd there was treated to a barrage of goals, and in all three encounters between the two teams that are vying for a coveted European title, both teams have scored.