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4 Champions League matches you must not miss this week

Elvis Ume O
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02 Oct 2018, 17:57 IST

#3 Hoffenheim vs Manchester City

Manchester City v Olympique Lyonnais - UEFA Champions League Group F
Manchester City v Olympique Lyonnais - UEFA Champions League Group F

In one of the biggest shocks of the season, Lyon put up a stunning display to defeat heavyweights Manchester City 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium. That loss made the Cityzens become the first ever English club to lose four consecutive matches in the Champions League.

Pep Guardiola's men were utterly dominant in the league last season, and won the Premier League in record-breaking fashion, and this rightly saw them as one of the biggest favorites to win the UCL, so they wouldn't have been happy to kick off their campaign with a loss.

They would be eager to rack up the points, and in their path lies Bundesliga side Hoffenheim. The match would make for an interesting watch, as both sides play entertaining attractive football, while the eagerness for points would add a competitive streak to it.

Pep Guardiola would serve the second of his three-match ban, and he would love to see their opponents put to the Sword before heading into the double clash with Shakhtar Donetsk.

It would, however, be an arduous task, as 'The Villagers' are one of European football's most inspirational stories in recent years, growing from non-league football as recently as 2000 to play professional football for the first time ever in 2008, and cementing themselves as regular European participants since then.

They have earned a reputation for playing attractive football particularly under progressive coach Julen Nagelsmann who became the youngest manager in Bundesliga history when he took the reins of the club aged just 29 in 2016.

Hoffenheim posted an impressive 2-2 draw away to Shakhtar Donetsk, which is a very impressive result as 'The Miners' are notoriously difficult to defeat in Ukraine, and were the first side to beat Manchester City last season, so Guardiola would be wary of the threat posed by the German side.

With the threat of being on zero points and bottom of the group after two matches a stark reality, Mikel Arteta would go all out for victory against Hoffenheim, and this would make for an exciting matchup.

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