After winning back-to-back Premier League titles under his leadership, it comes as no surprise that many Manchester City fans are huge supporters of Pep Guardiola.
The Spanish head coach has managed the club well, and there is much success that can be attributed to that.
But what is the club’s future in the Champions League? What do you need to know before placing your bets?
While the Sky Blues are hailed as one of the best clubs in Europe and have continued to show their class, one prestigious title is notably missing from their collection.
History shows that while Man City has won various league and cup titles, there is no Champions League title to speak of.
Earlier this year, Guardiola highlighted that while his team is good, a Champions League victory is necessary for it to truly be considered as one of the all-time greats.
Guardiola understands the prestige of the title and the weight it carries as he once managed Spanish giants FC Barcelona, who have five such titles to their name.
The Man City manager admitted that the standard his team has set in that competition is a far cry from the displays that they are known for in others, such as the Premier League.
Even with all that said, Guardiola is not looking at Champions League success as something to define himself or his club. Prior to the first two league games, he indicated that it isn’t the end of the world if his side were to fail in securing the title.
In an address concerning the coveted title, Guardiola indicated that he’s aware of the title’s importance but does not intend to stress over. He stated that even though the win is welcome, and his team plans to try its hardest, his quality of life is not affected either way.
For him, it is simply a case of either winning this season or trying again next season if the outcome is unfavorable.
What is the story of the pitch? Before you look to place your bet though sites like the Mobilebet sportsbook, you must understand where a team’s mindset is, as well as its capabilities. The former was covered above so now the question is, what does the Champion’s League look like for Manchester City?
The group stages grouped City with Shakhtar Donetsk, Dinamo Zagreb, and Atlanta. This is a favorable grouping all things considered, and the two games that have been played so far have demonstrated this.
Guardiola’s side is off to a blistering start as City managed to secure victories in both its opening group stage games. The opening match was played at Shakhtar Donetsk, which saw City pick up a 3-0 victory. The Sky Blues then hosted Dinamo Zagreb where they secured a 2-0 win.
On October 22, Man City face Atalanta at the Etihad Stadium. There are a couple of statistics working Man City’s favour here. First, there’s always the home advantage of playing in your own stadium. Additionally, the two teams have exhibited two opposing extremes of success in the competition thus far.
While it is still very early in the competition, Atalanta is yet to win a game in the competition. The Italian side began with an away match against Dinamo Zagreb, which ended in a 4-0 defeat. Subsequently, Atalanta faced off against Shakhtar Donetsk in a home match, which ended 1-2 in favor of the Ukrainian team.
This makes City the odds-on favorite to win the late October clash between the two teams. While Atalanta is yet to put a foot right in the competition, Manchester City is yet to put a foot wrong.
One thing is for certain, things look great for Guardiola’s team against Atalanta and beyond.
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