Relief for Pep Guardiola after Manchester City overcome fear factor

Liverpool are fancied to get a draw in Napoli

Gundogan revealed after the game that the match against the Reds is the most important game of the season so far.

Pep Guardiola's side, who suffered a 2-1 loss at home to Lyon in their Group F opener, fell behind inside 44 seconds on Tuesday.

It was then Silva who managed to break the deadlock as a bad defensive error from Posch allowed the Spanish midfielder to pounce as he nicked the ball away from the young defender before burying his effort into the back of the net.

Luckily for Pep and his team, they have Sergio AGUERO as the striker scored just six minutes later. I'm not sure if that's down to injuries or easing players back in after the World Cup, but because they are more settled I'll say Liverpool.

Manchester City boss Guardiola never faced Nagelsmann during his time in the Bundesliga, with the latter taking over at Hoffenheim in February 2016 - just a couple of weeks after Bayern Munich had beaten them at the Allianz Arena. "Manchester City is a fantastic club, but we don't have a history of having to fight and we fought for absolutely everything here".

Guardiola was unhappy at Leroy Sané being denied a penalty when Oliver Baumann appeared to pull him down in the second half but the City manager - who was serving a touchline ban when City lost to Lyon at the Etihad - refused to discuss this afterwards.

Belfodil again found space in the City defence, but fired wide as did midfielder Florian Grillitsch moments later in an explosive opening from the hosts.

The visitors pushed for a victor, with Aguero and Raheem Sterling both thwarted by Oliver Baumann in the Hoffenheim goal.

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".

But City finally got the victor after Stefan Posch was caught dallying inside the area, allowing Silva to find the bottom-right corner with typical assuredness.

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