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Manchester City are looking to bring home the bacon as they take on FC Copenhagen in the last-16 of the Champions League.
Pep Guardiola's side head to Denmark on the back of 10 consecutive wins and have played 11 times since their opponents last kicked a competitive ball. However, there will be no room for complacency from the Blues as they look to extend their winning run in all competitions.
Erling Haaland scored his first goals since injury in the weekend win over Everton and Kevin De Bruyne popped up with another assist as City see their stars returning to form. Here are some of the talking points as City prepare for the game.
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A smile came across Nathan Ake’s face on Saturday when the return of the Champions League was mentioned. The squad love the competition, and also enjoy the fact that the last-16 represents the point in the season when things start to get serious.
By early March, City could be through to the quarter-finals of two knockout competitions as well as in the running for the Premier League. Every game matters from this point.
The first leg in Copenhagen is particularly significant given the fact that the bigger advantage that is worked out the less work is needed between league games against United and Liverpool. Guardiola knows that, but also takes every minute of the competition seriously and with several of his best players fit again he will demand the maximum from his stars in this match to try to make things ahead more straightforward.
Team selection is more competitive than any other week this season and the return of Haaland and De Bruyne has further sharpened the selection for attacking players. And