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.
The reigning European champions maintained their excellent start to the season with a 1-0 win at home to Wolfsburg. The result means Pep Guardiola’s side have still dropped only two points all season and are behind Borussia Dortmund only on goal difference.
Thomas Muller scored the only goal of the game in the 63rd minute, although both former player Luiz Gustavo and Marcel Schafer had chances to open the scoring for the visitors.
Some fine goalkeeping from Manuel Neuer preserved the clean-sheet and ensured Bayern travel to the Etihad with another three points in the bag.
The Czech side got back to winning ways with a 2-1 win away to Vysocina Jihlava. It was a welcome victory after Viktoria took just two points from their previous two league games, losing 3-0 to City in between.
Frantisek Rajtoral opened the scoring the visitors in the 10th minute, but the hosts were soon level courtesy of Haris Harba.
Striker Marek Bakos ultimately sealed the points with 11 minutes remaining.
The result means Viktoria remain four points behind leaders Sparta Prague, who also have a superior goal-difference.
The Russian side suffered a shock 2-0 defeat at the hands of Terek Grozny as they warmed up for their Champions League match against Viktoria Plzen.
The result came just a week after a humiliating 3-0 loss to fierce rivals Spartak Moscow, and leaves CSKA fourth in the Russian Premier League.
Goals from Kanu and Igor Lebedenko saw to CSKA, and leave them with some work to do to ensure their season does not fall away when it has barely begun.
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