Manchester City qualified from Group G of the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday night with a 3-nil win over Young Boys. It was a professional performance from the European champions but the win did come at a cost. An injury to John Stones soured the night as Pep Guardiola told the media the England international had picked up another injury.
Esteemed Kompany host Steven Mcinerney gives his thoughts on a professional win by the treble winners. Pep Guardiola’s side were barely troubled by the Swiss Super League champions at the Etihad. A brace from Erling Haaland and a wonder goal from Phil Foden was enough for City to secure the win. The 3-nil win clinched Pep Guardiola’s side’s place in the knockout stage of the competition.
Erling Haaland’s brace laid the foundation for the win. The striker was in doubt for the game after going off at halftime of City’s 6-1 win over Bournemouth. He overcame an ankle injury and put in a superb all-round performance. Haaland linked up the play well and was rewarded with a brace. A well-taken first-half penalty and a second-half wonder strike was the sum of Haaland’s night before he was substituted on the hour mark.
There was bad news on an otherwise successful night for the European champions. John Stones was substituted at half-time with an injury. Pep Guardiola confirmed post-game that Stones is facing a spell on the sidelines. It is a blow for the treble winners with a crucial run of fixtures coming up. John Stones is also crucial to the Manchester City set-up with the role he plays. City’s run of five consecutive wins in all competitions has coincided with Stones return from injury.
Steven Mcinerney gives his thoughts on all of this and more in the video below.