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Man City-OL: Manchester's other powerhouse awaits a first-ever meeting with Lyon

Published on 17 September 2018 at 3:00 PM
Man City – OL : du rouge au bleu, l’autre Manchester attend les Lyonnais
Ten years after their last visit to Manchester - to face United in the Champions League Round of 16 - OL return to the fabled English football hub, this time to do battle for the first time with City in their 2018-19 Champions League group state opener.

A city divided in two. Manchester, home to a little over 500,000 inhabitants, nonetheless has two giant football clubs to choose from. Here, the locals are split between Manchester United's red and City's blue. After a period of absolute domination by the former during the Sir Alex Ferguson era, from 1986 to 2013, the hierarchy seems to have switched in recent years.

From one Manchester to another 

These days, it's the boys in blue who are the toast of the town. No longer the dominant force they were under Ferguson (27 seasons, 38 trophies won), the Reds Devils failed to bring home any silverware last season. Meanwhile, the Citizens are coming off a record-breaking Premier League-winning season (points, wins, goals scored, point difference, away record, goal difference, consecutive wins) and already kicked off 2018-19 by lifting the Community Shield.

Manchester memories 

OL know the way to the Etihad Stadium without ever having set foot there. And for good reason, since only seven kilometers separate it from the theater of dreams, Old Trafford, where they've twice visited in European competition.

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The first of the two confrontations took place during the 2004-2005 Champions League group stage, with United winning 2-1 at home after a 2-2 draw in France. That said, Les Gones were the eventual Group D winners that season. Four years later, in the 2007-08 Round of 16, both teams finished 1-1 in the first leg at the Stade de Gerland, before Ferguson's men won the return leg 1-0 at Old Trafford thanks to a lone goal from Cristiano Ronaldo.

 

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.ABOUT MANCHESTER CITY .

Founded: 1887

Stadium: Ethiad Stadium (55,000 capacity)

Nickhames: Citizens, Skyblues

Coach: Pep Guardiola

Titles: Five league championships (1937, 1968, 2012, 2014, 2018), one European Cup Winners' Cup (1970), five League Cups (1970, 1976, 2014, 2016, 2018), five FA Cups (1904, 1934, 1956, 1969, 2011) and two Community Shields (2012, 2018)

2017-2018: Premier League champions (100 points, 32 wins, 4 draws, 2 losses), Champions League quarterfinalists, League Cup champions, 5th place in the FA Cup.

 

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