UEFA Champions League Report: Hoffenheim v Manchester City 02 October 2018

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Pep Guardiola had to hold his tongue for fear of triggering another Uefa ban after being angered by the referee's performance in Manchester City's narrow win over Hoffenheim.

"It's too close I think to actually make any big statements - that's what makes this game so interesting".

City go into the game with their Champions League back on track as they recovered from their shock opening day defeat to Lyon with a 2-1 win at Hoffenheim on Tuesday.

"Losing at home (to Lyon) made things tough and conceding so early (at Hoffenheim) was hard, but we fought against everything today", said Guardiola. "Prediction is Hoffenheim 0-3 Manchester City". City can not afford to have one eye on their trip to Anfield on Sunday, but their squad is deep, and I expect them to get their Champions League challenge back on track.

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The away win was thoroughly deserved as City were finally rewarded for their patience after dominating a determined Hoffenheim defence for long spells.

Many good teams have come unstuck due to the Europa League and this is most likely what Nevin believes will be what ultimately restricts his former club.

"We are a step below the history in Europe of Liverpool or the Spanish teams or Bayern Munich or Inter Milan".

Normal service was quickly resumed, though, when a fine ball from Silva found Leroy Sane, outstanding on his return to Germany, who picked out Aguero to bundle home his eighth goal in 10 matches in all competitions this season. Referee Damir Skomina did not award the spot kick.

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"I don't want to talk about officials", insisted the City boss.

The match was destined for a draw before David Silva sniffed out a goal from nothing just three minutes to stoppage time to hand his side a deserved victory.

Upon the resumption of the second half, Pep Guardiola's directed proceedings, with Riyadh Mahrez coming in for misfiring Raheem Sterling in the 70th minute in a tactical substitution.

"I'm very proud given the situation we're in", Hoffenheim's 31-year-old coach Julian Nagelsmann said.

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