Real Madrid 1-2 Manchester City At the start of the season, it felt like the UEFA Champions League was the missing title separating Manchester City’s record-breaking domestic side from being considered one of the greatest to grace the European stage. Now fears are growing that this season may be their only chance to clinch the most prestigious prize in club football. In their first European outing since being handed a two-year ban from the Champions League by UEFA for breaches of Financial Fair Play, there was pressure on Manchester City to produce a performance that sent a message. The fact the Citizens struggled to overcome an underwhelming Real Madrid side far removed from the Galacticos era, only further underlines the precarious nature of their current predicament. The impending ban, which City are appealing, has exacerbated the pressure to deliver Europe’s top title. It isn’t the sole source though given that expectations have been building since Pep Guardiola took over. Manchester City produced unprecedented form that delivered back-to-back Premier League titles, but haven’t been able to translate that success to the tournament elite clubs are judged by. It’s a narrative all too familiar for Pep Guardiola, who suffered the same fate with his record-breaking iteration of Bayern Munich. After Wednesday’s victory… Read full this story
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