Not many sides come from 2-0 down to win at the home of the European Champions.
For all of the confusion there may have been over what result will have taken Manchester City to the top of their Champions League group in Munich last night amongst the managerial and playing staff, it should be lost on the people the significance of the result.
To come from 2-0 down at the home of the European Champions to pull off a victory is a terrific result – and one that could be vital in the context of their season.
It could help them in two ways – to sort their away form out in the Premier League, but also provide them with the belief they can mix with the very best after they were given a footballing lesson on their own patch by Bayern in Matchday two.
For the past two seasons under Roberto Mancini, City have struggled to make their mark on in Europe, having in their first season dropped down into the Europa League to be knocked out in the last 16 of that competition, then the following season crashing out of Europe all together without a win in a group of Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Ajax.
It is a great transformation to come back from that and nearly topple the European Champions for top spot in the group, and perhaps give Pellegrini’s men the belief that they can be one of the contenders to lift the trophy in Lisbon in May.
The other aspect is their domestic away form which has come in for a lot of criticism, though their past two games on the road domestically has yielded four points against tricky opposition in West Brom and Southampton.
Given the calibre of players in their squad, you wouldn’t think there would be a mental block on the road for the side, but if there was then this win in Munich should help eradicate that problem.
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