We continue our weekly reports detailing City's Champions League opponents' latest 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.
City’s mid-week opponents warmed up for their visit to the Etihad with a 3-1 victory away to Zbrojovka Brno.
The home side took the lead just four minutes into the game, courtesy of Jiri Skalak. But that was as good as it got for the hosts.
Pavel Horvath equalised for Viktoria on the stroke of half-time. And a second-half brace from Stanislav Tecl ensured the visitors left with all three points.
The result means Viktoria are five points behind current league leader Sparta Prague, who are yet to lose a game this season.
The Russian side secured an impressive and hard-fought win at home to local rivals Spartak Moscow on Saturday. The game was vital for CSKA, as a defeat would have seen them six points behind the visitors.
As it was, their 1-0 victory means they are level on points with Spartak, and two places above them on goal-difference. Yes, it really is currently that tight at the top of the Russian league.
The only goal of the game came in the eighth minute from Seydou Doumbia, and leaves his side three points behind current league leaders Zenit St. Petersburg.
Europe’s match of the weekend produced an eye-catching result as Bayern won 3-0 away to Borussia Dortmund.
The result means Jurgen Klopp’s men are now seven points behind the current Bundesliga champions and divided by Sami Hyypia’s impressive Bayer Leverkusen.
Despite the emphatic score-line, Dortmund played with far more confidence than their opponents for much of the game. However, it was to be an unwelcome substitution that ultimately changed the game.
Mario Gotze’s move from Dortmund to Bayern is still a fresh wound for the former’s fans, so it was a cruel sting in the tale when it was he who put the away side ahead in the 66th minute.
Further goals from Arjen Robben and Thomas Muller in the final five minutes of normal-time secured the three points. But Klopp will be left to wonder what might have been had his side taken their earlier chances.
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