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UEFA Champions League Group D

The Etihad Stadium

15/09/15 19h45 BST

Attendance: 50, 363

Referee: Damir Skomina of Slovakia

Manchester CityJuventus
Chiellini 57′ (og) Mandzukic 70′
01 Hart     01 Buffon    
03 Sagna     26 Lichtsteiner    
04 Kompany     75' 19 Bonucci    
20 Mangala     03 Chiellini    
11 Kolarov     33 Evra    
42 Y Touré     27 Sturaro    
25 Fernandinho     11 Hernanes    
08 Nasri     83' 10 Pogba    
21 Silva     16 Cuadrado    
07 Sterling     71' 17 Mandzukic     78'
14 Bony     09 Morata     85'
06 Fernando     07 Zaza    
10 Agüero     83' 12 Alex Sandro    
13 Caballero     15 Barzagli    
15 Jesús Navas     18 Lemina    
17 De Bruyne     71' 21 Dybala    
26 Demichelis     25 Murara Neto    
30 Otamendi     75' 37 Pereyra    
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On Target
Johnny On The Spot: Imperious Premier League leaders Manchester City can have few complaints from an immensely frustrating Champions League defeat to last season's beaten finalists and perennial Italian champions Juventus in front of a record European crowd at The Etihad...You have to give credit to the visitors who mustered the hard earned experience and savvy which is a pre-requisite at this level to fight back, get in front and control the closing stages...Planet Blue for our part, is now experienced enough in this competition to know that in another difficult but do-able group, we have to do it the hard way yet again to progress in the competition...Much was made in advance of this clash of the sides respective domestic results but all that goes out of the window on nights like these against this level of opposition...So what did we do wrong? I accept that you can't batter everyone all of the time and on the European stage there is a necessity to adapt your game plan more cautiously. I also would suggest that we were unlucky some times with the ball just not running for us, but overall, I don't think we moved the ball anywhere near quickly enough to consistently hurt Juve...We did have our chances when we drove at the Italian side but we just didn't take them, whereas they made sure of the slightest sniff of an opportunity 2 out of 3 times. That's all it took...Juve were also set up very narrow and I feel we could have attacked the wings with pace much more. Playing it sideways across the back and going through the middle too often played into their canny hands...West Ham will next up deliver a stern challenge on Saturday evening. It could be this defeat will put a few feet on the ground ahead of that important fixture. We need to keep motoring in the league and maintain distance on our rivals while we get our European approach in order. My Man of The Match tonight was Fernandinho. He grows in stature with every all action performance. Stats Courtesy BBC Sport

Writer:Johnny Baguette
Date:Tuesday September 15 2015
Time: 9:32PM


3 on target, 2 goals, oh well another lesson to contemplate.
15/09/2015 21:39:00
Typical bloody City
15/09/2015 21:50:00
Yaya Toure: "I think the Italian team defended well and I think they were lucky today. We just have to be strong and try to bounce back in the next game. We missed a lot of chances today. We have to learn from it and try to do better." ....Manuel Pellegrini: "It's disappointing, I don't think we deserved to lose. We had better chances and played better than Juventus. It was a typical Champions League game, both teams didn't create many chances but we had more possession. It was not a tactical problem, Juventus just scored two beautiful goals."
Johnny Baguette
15/09/2015 22:04:00
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