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Manchester City v Schalke: Champions League last 16, second leg – live!

Hello. New rule for Uefa to consider: every shot Schalke manage at the Etihad Stadium this evening counts as an away goal. That sounds harsh until you consider that Watford only managed six passes in Manchester City’s half during the first half of their defeat to the Premier League champions the other day, while Bournemouth were similarly negative when they lost to Pep Guardiola’s side earlier this month. The evidence suggests that teams aren’t attacking City any more. Instead they’re sitting back in the hope City get frustrated or, more likely, only manage to score one or two, and it isn’t very fun to watch. It’s a scourge on the game and we need to come up with an action plan now!

Then again, it might be a different story when it comes to the Champions League. For while English sides have been guilty of cowardice against City this season, teams from the continent have been more daring. City had trouble against Lyon and Hoffenheim in their group and they come into the second leg of this last-16 tie with Schalke with a 3-2 lead after staging a late turnaround in Germany thanks to strikes from Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling. They’ve only kept two clean sheets in the competition so far and are going to need to sharpen up at the back if they’re going to go all the way. No wonder Guardiola reckons they’re still teenagers at this level.

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