Manchester City Champions League report: Viktoria stay top; teen nets CSKA winner

Champions League Pitch

As City prepare for a new Champions League campaign, we continue our weekly reports looking at their opponents' results and form.

Manchester City begin their latest Champions League campaign on Tuesday with a visit to Czech side Viktoria Plzen.

Given manager Manuel Pellegrini’s previous record in European competition, there are high hopes among the City faithful that this could be the season they not only successfully navigate the group stage but go considerably further.

Their final match prior to Tuesday’s game was a disappointing 0-0 draw away to Stoke City, but with a number of players rested for the game, expect to see a full-strength and fully-firing City take to the pitch on Tuesday evening.

Every week we will take a look at how City’s Champions League opponents have fared in their domestic competitions, giving fans a hint of what to expect in the build-up to the matches that will take place in the coming months.

Viktoria Plzen:

The Czech side continued their fine start to the season, despite dropping points for only the second time in their opening eight games. A 1-1 draw away to third-place Slovan Liberec kept them top of the table, one point clear of their opponents on Friday evening, along with Sparta Prague who are currently second on goal-difference.

Viktoria took the lead after just eight minutes, courtesy of yet another goal from Daniel Kolar. And the score remained at 1-0 until the 78th minute, when the home side equalised through Radoslav Kovac.

Bayern Munich:

Following their Super Cup victory and the international break, Bayern returned to domestic matters for the first time in a while, and for a time it appeared their opponents Hannover may hold them to an unlikely draw. Such was the case at half-time, with the reigning champions struggling to break down their visitors.

But the second-half was a different story, with goals from Mario Mandzukic and the mercurial Franck Ribery sealing a 2-0 victory, and giving goalkeeper Manuel Neuer his 100th Bundesliga clean-sheet.

The result saw Pep Guardiola’s side maintain second-spot, two points behind free-scoring Borussia Dortmund with five games played.

CSKA Moscow:

The Russian champions and league leaders maintained their excellent recent form with a 1-0 home win over FC Rostov. After his winning goal in their last league match against Amkar Perm, Ahmed Musa turned provider to set up debutant Konstantin Bazelyuk for the only goal of the game.

The 19-year-old forward came on as a second-half substitute and duly stole the points and the headlines. But keeping up their fine form against the German treble-winners will be another matter entirely.

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