Manchester City will resume their Champions League title defense as they travel to take on Copenhagen in the first leg of their round-of-16 tie.
Copenhagen edged past Manchester United and Galatasaray in Group A to book a berth in the knockout stages of the Champions League alongside group toppers Bayern Munich. It seemed unlikely when they had managed to garner just one point from their first three group-stage matches.
However, Manchester United’s subsequent capitulation and a three-match unbeaten streak helped Copenhagen progress. They beat Galatasaray 1-0 on matchday six of the Champions League in a do-or-die contest thanks to a 58th-minute strike from Lukas Lerager.
Copenhagen are currently third in the Superliga but have lost two of their last four matches in all competitions.
Manchester City are back in cruise mode once again and will be feeling confident as they recommence their title defense in the knockout stages of the Champions League. City have last lost a game on December 7 against Aston Villa and have since gone unbeaten in 13 matches, winning 12 of them.
The Cityzens were ruthless in the group stage of Europe’s elite competition, racking up all 18 available points as they breezed past the likes of RB Leipzig, Young Boys and Red Star Belgrade.
With Erling Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne back and wreaking havoc, City are undoubtedly the team to beat in the Champions League once again.