Manchester City took their place in the Champions League round of 16 with a 1-0 win over Olympiacos in Greece on Wednesday night.
Pep Guardiola’s army has maintained a 100% record in Group C with a goal from Phil Foden in the first half. Kevin De Bruyne and Kyle Walker were removed from the squad. Aymeric Laporte, Ferran Torres and Riyad Mahrez were also on the bench.
Benjamin Mendy returned from injury while John Stones, Ilkay Gundogan, Phil Foden and Raheem Sterling all started after Saturday’s defeat to Tottenham. Sergio Aguero came on from the bench as Man City looked for a win to ensure they would make it to the knockout stages.
Many believe that De Bruyne suffered an injury during the match against Tottenham because he had to limp off the field. But Guardiola confirmed that both De Bruyne and Walker were not injured and were only being rested.
Guardiola told BT Sport: “They were tired, too many matches, mentally tired. Before we couldn’t turn around because we had so many problems but now we have a lot of players coming back from injury, it’s a good time for them to take a week off..
Man City, despite holding the ball overwhelming Olympiacos, but they really had difficulty finding their way to the home team’s goal. It was not until the 36th minute that Sterling had a heel strike in the penalty area, allowing Foden to score the only goal that brought Man City into the round of 16 Champions League teams.
With the possibility of continuing in the European Cup, Man City can put effort into the Premier League. They are ranked 13th on the domestic league rankings with only 2 wins in the last 5 matches with 12 points after 8 rounds.
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