Guardiola: “Now starts the toughest part of the season”
Follow live as Manchester City travel to RB Leipzig in the Champions League tonight. City have already sealed top spot in Group A and are now playing for mere points and prize money, with their final fixture. Pep Guardiola knows the hard work is already done and this match will be about rotation, freshening up the team and giving an opportunity to those on the fringes a chance to stake their claim ahead of a tough run of games across Christmas and the new year.
“There’s many games to come and it’s the toughest part of the season with many games. We are going to try to continue at this level and this rhythm,” he said after the weekend win over Watford. “I’m more than pleased with what the guys have done in this tough period and now comes the toughest one for the amount of games, weather, injuries. We (will) keep going with this rhythm and try to play good.”
There’s much more riding on it for Leipzig, who may need a result to seal third place and Europa League action. They have to match whatever result Club Brugge earn against Paris Saint-Germain in the group’s other fixture, played at the same time. Follow live updates from RB Leipzig vs Man City below:
RB Leipzig vs Man City
It’s almost time for kick off at the RB Arena and tonight’s match will be played behind closed doors due to a rise in Coronavirus cases in this part of Germany.
The teams are gathering in the tunnel. On paper this should be an easy win for Pep Guardiola’s menbut with Leipzig you just never know how they’ll turn out.
Could be a good one this.
Michael Jones7 December 2021 17:40
RB Leipzig vs Man City: Expect some goals tonight
RB Leipzig have both scored and conceded 13 goals in the Champions League this campaign and that 26-goal aggregate after five matchdays is the highest in this season’s group stage – one more than Manchester City who have scored 17 and conceded just eight.
Michael Jones7 December 2021 17:33
RB Leipzig vs Man City: Leipzig’s struggles
After seven league games without defeat, Leipzig have lost their last three matches and now have to beat the Premier League champions to ensure they’ll drop down to the Europa League.
However, Christopher Nkunku has 13 goals in his last 16 Leipzig games including one at Union on Friday and a hat-trick against Manchester City. Is he the one to watch tonight?
Michael Jones7 December 2021 17:25
RB Leipzig vs Man City: Leipzig sack Marsch
Former RB Leipzig manager Jesse Marsch was sacked on Sunday after just four months in charge. The 48-year-old American only joined the club this summer after succeeding Julian Nagelsmann.
Leipzig are 11th in the Bundesliga table, having won just five games out of 14 this season and assistant coach Achim Beierlorzer takes charge of the team against Manchester City tonight.
Michael Jones7 December 2021 17:21
RB Leipzig vs Man City: Kevin De Bruyne warned he must ‘fight for a position’ at Manchester City
The Belgium playmaker has had a frustrating start to the campaign. He initially lacked match fitness after injuries robbed him of a pre-season before other knocks and a recent spell out with coronavirus prevented him building any momentum.
Michael Jones7 December 2021 17:17
RB Leipzig vs Man City: Angelino set for City reunion
Angeliño was a Manchester City player between July 2012 and 2021, before he completed a permanent move to RB Leipzig having been on loan at the club since January 2020.
He made only six Premier League appearances for City, all in the first half of that 2019/20 campaign.
Michael Jones7 December 2021 17:13
RB Leipzig vs Man City: City vs German sides
Manchester City are unbeaten in their last 14 games against German opponents in the Champions League -with 13 wins and one draw – in a run which began in November 2014 with a 3-2 win over Bayern Munich.
They have won the last nine such fixtures in a row, scoring 28 goals and only conceding nine times in return.
However, City have a mixed record in Germany, with seven wins and six defeats in 14 previous away matches to Bundesliga opposition.
Michael Jones7 December 2021 17:08
RB Leipzig vs Man City: Bundesliga club aiming for Europa spot
RB Leipzig are hoping to secure a spot in the Europe League by finishing ahead of Club Brugge in Group A.
The German side were 5-0 winners at Club Brugge on Matchday Five and it was the joint biggest margin of victory in this season’s Champions League.
Leipzig hold the head-to-head advantage against Club Brugge. meaning they will qualify for the Europa League if they match or better Club Brugge’s result at Paris Saint-Germain tonight.
But, they will have to do so under new management for this match having parted company with coach Jesse Marsch on Sunday; assistant Achim Beierlorzer will take temporary charge.
Michael Jones7 December 2021 17:04
RB Leipzig vs Man City: De Bruyne must fight for place
Kevin De Bruyne makes his first start for Manchester City this evening after missing four games due to testing positive for Coronavirus and Pep Guardioala has told the 30-year-old that he must “come back and fight for a position like everyone else”. Guardiola added:
Michael Jones7 December 2021 16:59
RB Leipzig vs Man City: Last time out
The last time these two teams met Manchester City won 6-3 at the Etihad stadium. It was on the first matchday of these year’s Champions League competition and three of City’s five goalscorers at in the starting XI tonight.
Nathan Ake, Riyad Mahrez and Jack Grealish all scored in City’s victory as did Joao Cancelo and Gabriel Jesus who are both rested for tonight’s game.
Leipzig’s three goals were all scored by Christopher Nkunku who starts for the home side too.
Michael Jones7 December 2021 16:55