Manchester City given Champions League boost as CSKA’s poor form continues

We continue our weekly reports detailing City's Champions League opponents' results and form.

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.

CSKA Moscow:

The Russian side’s woeful domestic form continued on Friday as they lost 2-0 away to league leaders Zenit. The result means City’s next group opponents are now 11 points off the lead in their domestic league, currently sitting fifth without a win in their last five league matches.

Zenit’s goals both came in the first half, the first through midfielder Roman Shirokov and the second on the stroke of half-time courtesy of Hulk.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side will be quietly confident of securing a much-needed three points against a Russian side currently experiencing something of a free-fall.

Bayern Munich:

Bayern Munich came from behind to beat Mainz 05 on Saturday, sending them back to the top of the Bundesliga ahead of temporary leaders Bayer Leverkusen.

Mainz took the lead at the Allianz Arena in the final minute of the first half, through Shawn Parker. But Pep Guardiola’s side came out firing after the interval, equalising courtesy of Arjen Robben before Thomas Muller put them ahead just two minutes later.

Mario Mandzukic added a third in the 69th minute, before a second from Muller ended the match as a competition with eight minutes to play.

The result means Bayern are one point ahead of Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund.

Viktoria Plzen:

The Czech side drew 1-1 at home to Slavia Prague, meaning they are currently three points behind league leaders Sparta.

The visitors took the lead in the 36th minute through midfielder Martin Juhar. But with 30 minutes to play, Frantisek Rajtoral equalised for Viktoria.

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