Manchester City vs. Juventus: City To Retain European Record?
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Here's an unusual statistic for you to digest.
Manchester City have never been beaten by non-English opposition in European competitions at home, ever.
So tonight when Juventus, one of the greatest European teams, visit Eastlands will that record remain intact? I personally think it will.
Juve' are not the team they used to be of course and they have lost 7 of their last 9 away games so that doesn't bode well for them. And they have lost the last 9 times they have visited these shores in European competition, including a 4-1 thrashing by Fulham last season.
City are mean, very mean at the back and are the only team to record a match which meant the opposition had no shots on target in a European match.
City have also recorded most passes in a match in the Europa league (465 apparently) which means they are getting into the comfort zone with the keep ball tactics of most Italian team.
So as City are likely to pass Juve' to death and stifle any attempts they make in terms of penetrating the final third.
The relative strengths of the two teams however may be City's achilles heal.
Mancini is toying with the idea of resting some key players such as De Jong and Kompany so they are fresh for the weekends game against Newcastle and that could offer Juve' a glimmer of hope.
Unlike City Juve' cannot really consider resting players if they are to stand a chance of winning so they may, just may Ave a chance of an upset.
IN truth however I think City will dominate the midfield battle and score a couple of goals to boot and end up with a 2 - 0 victory. It may not be a a cruise but it should be another positive result for City.
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