The return of the Champions League presents an opportune moment for Manchester City, strengthened by the comebacks of Erling Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne from injury. Their return has bolstered the team, transforming the holders into a formidable force.
With 10 consecutive wins in all competitions, Pep Guardiola’s men are in top form as they head to FC Copenhagen for the first leg of their last 16 tie on Tuesday at 2300EAT. Haaland showcased his talent by scoring his first goals since November as City secured a 2-0 victory against Everton.
De Bruyne, too, has been instrumental since his return, making seven-goal contributions in eight games this season. Their partnership has been particularly impactful, with Haaland expressing delight in having De Bruyne’s delivery to feed off once more.
The Premier League title race is heating up, with the top three teams separated by just two points. City’s upcoming fixtures include a game in hand against Brentford, a trip to Luton in the FA Cup fifth round, and the Champions League clash with Copenhagen.
Despite Copenhagen’s success against Manchester United, City is expected to perform strongly with a fully fit squad and a wealth of options at Guardiola’s disposal. The team’s confidence is high, with players like Phil Foden and Rodri performing exceptionally well.
Foden netted a hat-trick in a recent win, while Rodri has not been on the losing side in 51 games for club and country. With their formidable form and depth, City aims to secure another Champions League triumph at Wembley on June 1.