The champions are back in action and should be extremely confident of progressing through the knockout stages as they look to retain their status as European champions. Manchester City stormed their way through the group stages before Christmas, one of only two teams to take the maximum 18 points, and were rewarded with what was perhaps the most favorable draw against Copenhagen.
The Danish champions put in a remarkable performance until reaching the last 16, securing a famous victory against Manchester United at Parken before pipping Galatasaray to second place in the final round. These achievements were certainly impressive, but would be completely eclipsed if Copenhagen managed to suppress Erling Haaland and company, even just in the first leg. Here’s how to watch the game and what you need to know.
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- Date: Tuesday February 13 | Time: 3 p.m. ET
- Location: Parken – Copenhagen
- Direct: Paramount+
- Odds: Copenhagen +1100; Shoot +550; Manchester City – 500
Copenhagen: How do you pull off what could be the biggest upset in modern Champions League history? Copenhagen’s players would say they cannot afford to simply allow City to dominate possession and expect to be able to hold on. In their 2-1 home defeat to Bayern Munich before Christmas, they came close to leveling the game with a possession rate of 42.5 percent.
“We had a game against Bayern where they had the ball a lot more than we wanted,” said star midfielder Rasmus Falk, “but we are also prepared to have to defend with all men in these matches. I think we were confident.”
With the Danish SuperLiga on winter break until the weekend, Copenhagen have been boosting their fitness in a series of friendlies, the most recent of which saw them defeated by Brondby before beating Molde 3-1.
Manchester City: Watching City’s last two matches will surely have given Copenhagen boss Jacob Neestrup a few sleepless nights. Brentford and Everton might have thought they had just about everything one could reasonably expect against the world champions, only to be brushed aside in the second half. Pep Guardiola might insist there is a “99.99 per cent” chance City won’t repeat the treble, but given their current form it’s hard to see who could stop them in the league or in knockout football.
This is the best this competition has to offer against the 16th best. Success for Copenhagen would be that this tie is not over when the two teams meet in Manchester. It’s hard to even believe that this could happen. TAKE: Copenhagen 0, Manchester City 3
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