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Champions League: Copenhagen face daunting task against Manchester City

Copenhagen will be making only their second appearance in the Champions League round of 16 when they face defending champions Manchester City.

The Danish champions have been drawn against the toughest possible opponents, but they will be hoping to cause an upset at the Parken Stadium.

Copenhagen have never beaten Manchester City in four previous attempts, but they did manage to hold them to a 0-0 draw in this stadium in the group stages of last season’s competition.

The Lions have been in good form at home recently, losing only three of their last 19 Champions League matches at the Parken. However, they have a poor record against English teams at this stage of the competition, having been eliminated by Chelsea in 2011.

Manchester City are in red-hot form, having won their last 10 matches in all competitions. They won all six of their group matches this season, scoring exactly three goals in each game.

Pep Guardiola’s side are unbeaten in their last 20 European matches, an English record. However, the three-time Champions League-winning manager may be concerned about his team’s defensive record, as they have kept only two clean sheets in their last 13 competitive matches.

Key players:

Mohamed Elyounoussi (Copenhagen) has scored five goals in his last two appearances. The Norwegian has faced City more than any other team in his career (2 wins, 2 draws, 6 defeats). He scored and assisted in a 2-1 win over City with Basel in the 2017-18 Champions League round of 16.

Erling Haaland (Manchester City) has scored two goals in his last two appearances. He will be hoping to replicate his form from last season’s Champions League round of 16, when he scored five goals in two games against Leipzig.

Current streak: Manchester City have not lost a Champions League round of 16 tie since 2018 (8 wins, 2 draws).

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