Manchester City’s rotten luck in the Champions League continued last night with a 2-1 home defeat to last season's runners up Juventus.
City performed well for large spells of the game but were less clinical in front of goal than their Italian counterparts and paid the price. A Giorgio Chiellini own goal gave Manchester City the lead in the 57th minute, with the Italian heading into his own net under pressure from Vincent Kompany.
Manuel Pellegrini’s men had chances to give themselves breathing space, most notably when the evergreen Gianluigi Buffon produced a sublime double save to deny first Raheem Sterling and then David Silva.
But City were left to rue their misses when Mario Mandzukic expertly tucked away a fantastic Paul Pogba cross to square things up in the 70th minute.
Alvaro Morata heaped further misery on the hapless Premier League leaders after expertly freeing up space outside the box before curling a precise left-footed drive past Joe Hart with nine minutes remaining.
The defeat is a blow for Pellegrini’s side but with Sevilla and Borussia Mönchengladbach making up the rest of the group, Mancehster City should still be confident of progression. Some City fans took to Twitter to vent their frustrations, while others called for a touch of perspective:
Should've won tonight, Sterling needs to do some finishing training. A very good side punished us. #mcfc— Ryan Corless (@RCorless33) September 15, 2015
#MCFC the game was lost by Pelligrini tonight! KDB for Sterling was a major mistake. And the captain for another Newby, suicide.— The Shaman (@Sil3ntdr3am) September 15, 2015
Really feel we will not do well in Europe until Toure is given that free role in front of 2 holders in midfield #MCFC— Jamie Power (@jamie_power91) September 15, 2015
Didn't do enough to win tonight , still feel we are too naive in Europe and haven't seemed to have learnt from previous mistakes #mcfc— Lee Wellens (@leemcfcwellens) September 15, 2015
That was Fustrating. We didn't play badly and lost. Nasri was bone idol and what had happened to bony?The sub's baffled me also. #mcfc— Robbo (@Robbo4MCFC) September 15, 2015
Same old. Had the chances to kill of the game and should have. Sucker punched again. #mcfc— Gary Farrell (@blugaz1) September 15, 2015
We don't have the skill to pass through Europe's top teams and we don't have the pace to blast through them either. Hapless. #mcfc— Keith Andrew (@tweeting_keith) September 15, 2015
Nasri is lazy. Can't believe Pelegrinni started him and didn't drag him off earlier. Big chance went begging at 1-0 but decent game. #mcfc— Manc Robbo (@Mancrobbo81) September 15, 2015