Club Brugge is hosting Manchester City at Jan Breydel Stadium in round 3 of Group A in the UEFA Champions League. Club Brugge is still undefeated in the Champions League so far this season, and they are also undefeated in their last 7 games overall. City has lost to PSG in the previous round, and now they need to bounce back in this game.
Club Brugge is one of the best teams in Belgium, and they are undefeated in the Champions League with 1 win and 1 loss so far. With 4 points, Brugge is now in 2nd place in this group. In their latest game against Kortrijk at home, Brugge was the better team with 57% of ball possession, 6 shots on goal, 4 corner kicks, 2 big chances created, and 79% of the correct passes. Brugge has won this game 2-0 with 2 scored goals in the first half. So far in the Champions League, Club Brugge has scored 3 goals while conceding 2 goals, and Vanaken is their leading goalscorer with 2 goals. This will be a tough matchup for Brugge, but they are on the right track, and their chances of advancing past the group stage are solid.
Manchester City has been sloppy in that game against PSG, and they deserved the loss, to be honest, but this is the game where they need a win. City is now in 3rd place with 3 points, 6 scored goals, and 5 conceded goals, and their defense is not picking up the slack in the Champions League. In the EPL, City is doing a good job, and they are now in 3rd place with 17 points. In their latest game against Burnley, City was dominant with 71% of ball possession, 6 shots on goal, 6 corner kicks, 2 big chances created, and 89% of the correct passes. Despite all the chances, City has scored only 2 goals, and yes, they have won this game, but it's quite clear they need a striker, desperately. There isn’t a player who scored more than 1 goal in the Champions League for City so far, and that could be a problem for them. Manchester City is a good team, a great team with solid defense, excellent midfield, but their offense is pretty dull sometimes, and to win the Champions League like that will be hard.
These two teams have never met in the past, but it's clear City is the better team here. Brugge is capable of surprising us, but without possession, they can’t do much. I will take City and the goals.