Manchester City Champions League report: CSKA lose top spot; Bayern close in on Dortmund

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We continue our weekly reports on the results and form of Manchester City's Champions League group stage opponents.

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 followed up their 3-0 defeat at home to Manchester City with a 0-0 draw against Dukla Prague.

While they kept a much-needed clean-sheet it was their second successive league draw, and against a team four places below them in the league they will be disappointed to have dropped points.

The result means Viktoria are now four points behind leaders Sparta Prague, who also have a superior goal-difference.

Bayern Munich:

City’s next group match is a home game against the reigning champions, and the German side followed up their 3-0 win over CSKA Moscow with a 4-0 victory away to Schalke.

The home side had been in good form going into the match, winning back-to-back games and climbing up the table as a result. But Pep Guardiola’s team made light work of them, as two goals in a minute mid-way through the first half put the game to bed.

Bastian Schweinsteiger opened the scoring in the 21st-minute, with Mario Mandzukic doubling the lead soon after.

Second half goals from Franck Ribery and Claudio Pizarro completed the rout and Bayern are now only behind Borussia Dortmund on goals scored.

CSKA Moscow:

The Russian champions may be starting to get sick of the number three, as their 3-0 loss to Bayern was followed by a defeat by the same score-line against fierce rivals Spartak Moscow earlier today.

CSKA’s excellent recent form has come to a halt in worrying fashion in the last five days, and goals from Aras Ozbiliz, Dmitri Kombarov and Sergei Parshivlyuk sent them crashing to their second successive humiliating loss.

The result sees Spartak overtake CSKA on goal-difference at the top of the table.

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