Manchester City and Pep Guardiola have given the TSG 1899 Hoffenheim a bitter home debut in the Champions League. The English champions and league leaders won the second group match on Tuesday night at the injured Kraichgauern with a late goal by David Silva 2-1 (1-1). The team of Julian Nagelsmann is already under pressure before the next home game against Olympique Lyon on 23 October with just one counter, should the progress is still to succeed.
In front of 24,851 spectators, Ishak Belfodil even put the coach Julian Nagelsmann's team into the lead after just 44 seconds. However, then turned on the guests to the strong German international Leroy Sané and came through Sergio Aguero (8th minute) and Silva (87) for a deserved victory. For City, it was the first success in this premier class season, after the start in the 1: 2 against Lyon still failed.
"I'm not complaining about the injured. We still have enough players to hurt the opponent, "said Nagelsmann in the face of ten failures. New internationals Nico Schulz (thigh) and Steven Zuber (back) had signed off on Tuesday at short notice. The shortage of personnel was especially defensive on a defensive basis, as did the inexperienced youngsters Stefan Posch (21), Kevin Akpoguma (23) and Justin Hoogma (20) in the three-way defense.
Unimpressed by this, the Kraichgauers made a dream start with their last outing. With the first attack Belfodil met after a fine pass from Kerem Demirbay to Hoffenheim leadership. For Guardiola it was a déjà vu. Already with the Bavarians had the Spaniard in August 2015 times in the Bundesliga scored a goal in the first minute of the guest appearance in Sinsheim. The joy at the premier class newcomer did not last long. Because the star ensemble from the island with its fast-paced offensive stars tore the game to itself and presented the young Hoffenheim back-team before arge problems. And promptly, the balance fell: After passing Sané Aguero was on the spot, had initiated the goal of Spaniard David Silva with a dream pass.
Sané was an asset to City with its speed and tempo dribbles. National coach Joachim Loew is likely to have been impressed by the former Schalke, who he had sorted out before the World Cup on the stands. Sané and Co. pushed for the second goal, only the chance analysis was inadequate. City, which has a market value in excess of € 1 billion, had three good chances in the first half (33rd, 35th and 42nd) through Aguero alone. English international Raheem Sterling also appeared in front of Oliver Baumann, but failed at the German keeper (15th).
The hosts were passionate about it and occasionally put their own pinpricks, just before the break, when Belfodil had a clear path after a mistake by Aymeric Laporte (39 '). His shot was too out of place, so that goalkeeper Ederson could fend off. The same picture in the second round, but the Hoffenheim defensive to the good goalkeeper Baumann withstood the pressure of the English for a long time. The hosts were fortunate in the beginning when referee Damir Skomina denied the Englishmen a clear penalty after a foul by Baumann against the fast Sané (73 '). Three minutes from time, however, after a major mistake by Posch, the tangible point win was still gone, Silva scoring ice cold.