Manchester City, fresh off their European triumph against Inter Milan a few months ago, enter the Champions League arena with high hopes and a desire to defend their title. The team, led by the tactical genius of Pep Guardiola, has started the 2023-24 season in dominant fashion, claiming victory in all five of their Premier League encounters, including a comeback win against West Ham.
Erling Haaland, last season’s top scorer, may not have been at his clinical best throughout the match against West Ham, but his late goal demonstrated his ability to turn the tide. Guardiola will be counting on Haaland to once again be the driving force as they face the Serbian side.
In contrast, the Serbian champions, Red Star, have hit a rocky patch with two losses in their last three domestic matches. Their defense has been shaky, conceding six goals in their recent games, a worrying trend considering their strong start to the season.
As Red Star enters the lion’s den in Manchester, they are undeniable underdogs. Avoiding a heavy defeat against the reigning champions would indeed be a remarkable achievement. The stage is set for an exciting clash as City aims to extend their European dominance, while Red Star seeks to defy the odds.