By 90Min
October 01, 2019

Manchester City will turn their attention back to the Champions League on Tuesday night when Dinamo Zagreb visit the Etihad Stadium.

Pep Guardiola's side picked up a routine 3-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk last time out, and they ought to feel confident of adding another three points to their tally here.

However, that win wasn't enough to guide City to the top of the table and they should perhaps be wary. Dinamo bettered their result by storming to a 4-0 win over Atalanta, leaving them first in Group C.

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The Croatian side proved they aren't here just to make up the numbers, despite being many fans' favourites to finish rock bottom in this group.

Nevertheless, City will remain confident of picking up the win here, as they look to finally lift that elusive Champions League title.

Courtesy of Opta, here's everything you need to know about the game stats-wise.


Fear of the Unknown

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City and Dinamo have never actually faced off before, and City have never even come across a Croatian side in any European competition, so they can't be certain of what to expect.

As for Dinamo, they have faced English sides on a number of occasions in the past, but they have never won away from home. They have lost five of their seven trips to England, only picking up two draws.


Both Sides on Brink of History

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Tuesday's game could be a historic encounter for both sides, but for two completely different reasons.

City have won their last four Champions League home games by an aggregate score of 19-4, and they’ve never won five in a row in the competition. Victory here would mark City's most dominant run, and they will be confident of picking up the win as they have lost only one of their last 11 home group stage matches (W9 D1 L1).

Meanwhile, Dinamo are on the brink of their own unwanted record. They are without a win in their last 15 away matches in the competition, losing their last 12 in a row. No side has ever gone 13 consecutive away games without a win, but Dinamo might be about to change that.


Guardiola Loves Europe

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City’s 3-0 win over Shakhtar was Guardiola’s 30th managerial Champions League win by three or more goals – only Carlo Ancelotti (32 wins) has more by that margin in the history of the competition.

His sides have a good record against Dinamo. While in charge of Bayern Munich in the 2015/16 season, Guardiola picked up 5-0 and 2-0 victories, which would do nicely here.


Key Men

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Against Shakhtar, City’s Gabriel Jesus scored his ninth Champions League goal. Should he score in this game, he would be the youngest Brazilian (22y 181d) to reach 10 Champions League goals and the youngest South American to do so since Lionel Messi (21y 99d) in October 2008.

Jesus won't be alone. Riyad Mahrez has been directly involved in seven goals in seven Champions League appearances for City (two goals, five assists), including a goal and an assist against Shakhtar.

However, Dinamo also have their own stars to look to. Mislav Orsic’s hat-trick on his Champions League debut against Atalanta was the first hat-trick scored for a Croatian team in the competition. 

Only two Croatians have scored in their first two appearances in the competition – Alen Boksic in November 1992 for Marseille and Nikola Vlasic in 2018 for CSKA Moscow.

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