Manchester City taught 'best lesson' by Hoffenheim in UCL - Pep Guardiola

And the Man City manager strongly implied of being wary of further UEFA disciplinary action if he were to criticise the referee in this contest.

Many good teams have come unstuck due to the Europa League and this is most likely what Nevin believes will be what ultimately restricts his former club. "After the last game it was so important that we didn't lose".

"It's a huge game", Gundogan said after last night's win over Hoffenheim in the Champions League. "Now it's in our hands unlike before and, of course, we can not make the mistake we did against Lyon", said Guardiola.

Tuesday's game will be the first time that Hoffenheim and Manchester City have ever played each other. "This is one of the happiest days I have had at this club as it will help us going forward".

Guardiola, back on the sidelines after serving a one-match ban against Lyon, leaped off the bench in fury when City were denied a penalty when Baumann brought down Sane in full flight in the area.

The 32-year-old has been a fixture in the starting XI for Guardiola's men once again at the start of the 2018-19 campaign and will no doubt be vital to the team's continued success over the next few months.

Defending Premier League champions, City are now top of the division having won six and drawn one of their opening seven games.

When asked by reporters if he wants City to win the Champions League to complete Silva's list of honours at the highest level, the Spaniard replied : "I think everyone deserves to win it".

The visitors continued to dominate the match thereafter even as the talented attack-line attempted to break Hoffenheim's stubborn defence.

It is the first time Julian Nagelsmann will go head-to-head with Guardiola, who coached Bayern Munich to three consecutive Bundesliga titles from 2013 to 2016 before joining City.

Juventus made it two wins from two matches in Group H after cruising to a 3-0 win over Young Boys.

  • Stacy Allen