Relief for Pep Guardiola after Manchester City overcome fear factor

Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann celebrates with Leonardo Bittencourt

Sergio Aguero scoring for Manchester City. "How many games did you see Shakhtar or Hoffenheim before today?"

"He's coming out in press conferences constantly having a go at players, having at go at people above him because he's not getting what he wants".

Without the injured Dele Alli, Spurs' hopes of an upset look minimal, but a conclusive result either way could shape both of these sides' seasons.

Citizens boss Pep Guardiola saw his men suffer a shock home defeat against Manchester City in their opening group game and he will be desperate to see his side pick up all three points in Germany. Hoffenheim are 11th in the Bundesliga with only seven points in their first six games.

Manchester City players celebrate after the UEFA Champions League group F football match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Manchester City at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena in Sinsheim, southwestern Germany, on 2 October 2018. The duo have combined for five goals this season.

Raheem Sterling, after a lightning end-to-end break, and Aguero went close to putting City ahead as they piled on the pressure.

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Ernesto Valverde's men have gone an unthinkable three LaLiga games without a win but will bring back Lionel Messi, who was rested for the weekend draw at Athletic Bilbao. Those two will still be strong enough for Hoffenheim, particularly if we can control the play from minute one.

When central midfielder Kerem Demirbay spotted a hole in the City defence, his pass put Ishak Belfodil clear to fire past goalkeeper Ederson to the delight of the home fans.

He also predicted that Manchester City would beat Hoffenheim 3-0.

In Hoffenheim's only previous meeting with English opponents, they lost 6-3 on aggregate to Liverpool in the 2017-18 Champions League qualifying play-off round.

Their passing and movement, especially in the first half, was painfully slow for most of the game, with nobody looking like they had the composure to bury a chance.

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