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28 October 2020 02:32

Marseille vs Man CITY

Last updated on.From the section European Football Ferran Torres is the second Manchester City player to score in his first two Champions League games, after Mario Balotelli in 2011 Manchester City continued their perfect start to the Champions League group stage with a comfortable victory at Marseille. The visitors dominated from the outset, with Ferran Torres opening the scoring after Kevin de Bruyne got in behind the Marseille defence and squared for a tap-in. Oleksandr Zinchenko clipped the outside of a post with a neat strike from the edge of the box as City pushed to get a second before half-time. Marseille rarely troubled Ederson in the City goal. Nemanja Radonjic's speculative effort from 30 yards was easily saved, while Florian Thauvin hit the outside of a post after the break, although Ederson had it covered.

As the hosts tired, City stepped up a gear and wrapped up the win in style as Ilkay Gundogan stabbed in from Raheem Sterling's knockdown before Sterling tapped home from another De Bruyne assist. Victory means City are top of Group C with six points from two games and on course for qualification to the knockout stage. Their next Champions League game is at home to Olympiakos on Tuesday, 3 November. No strikers? No problem City have been unfortunate with injuries to their strikers this season, with Sergio Aguero this week joining Gabriel Jesus on the sidelines. City have not had both first-choice forwards available for any of their nine games in all competitions, and on only four occasions have they had one fit striker. It prompted manager Pep Guardiola to experiment against Marseille with winger Torres handed a central attacking role on his first start in the Champions League for the club, with Phil Foden and Sterling on either side. The experiment paid off, the trio providing an energy in attack that the five-man Marseille defence struggled to deal with, while De Bruyne was once again pulling the strings from just behind the front three. This graphic shows how high Manchester City pressed Marseille in the first half and were rewarded with the opener After Torres' goal, it took a while for City to put the game to bed, with the two late goals adding the gloss that their performance deserved. While the loss of City's two main strikers is a blow, this game not only highlighted that they can still score goals in their absence but also further underlined the importance of De Bruyne. City became more effective when he came off the bench in the 1-1 draw against West Ham in the Premier League on Saturday, and he was again the heartbeat of the side as he finished this game with two assists. 'We are improving' - what they said Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola: "Sometimes we are not good enough and sometimes the players of the opposing team are better than us. That is life. "Today, with the social media, when you lose you are a complete disaster. The important thing is for the club to be stable and the players to know what we are doing, where we come from, where we are struggling and be calm. "It is important to start the Champions League with two victories. We are close now to being in the last 16 but still we are just in the beginning, improving." Marseille coach Andre Villas-Boas: "It was a tough match to play and we paid for our mistakes, but we didn't defend too deep and my players were exceptional. "The second goal was a real blow for us as we were starting to turn things around. In the first half, we had trouble getting through the City press, and a bad pass led to them being 1-0 up." Torres strike makes history - the stats Manchester City have won their opening two matches in the Champions League group stage for a third time in the past four seasons (also 2017-18 and 2019-20), while they are unbeaten in 13 matches in the group stage. City's opening goal was their 600th under manager Pep Guardiola in all competitions. They have scored 117 more goals than any other Premier League side since Guardiola took charge in August 2016. City's Ilkay Gundogan scored in consecutive Champions League appearances for the first time, with Tuesday's game his 54th appearance. For a fifth time in their past six participations in the Champions League, Marseille have suffered defeat in their first two group games (2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2013-14 and 2020-21). Raheem Sterling has been directly involved in 28 Champions League goals in 36 appearances under Guardiola (18 goals, 10 assists), more than any other City player since 2016-17. Since his debut for City in September 2015, Kevin de Bruyne has assisted 88 goals in all competitions, 19 more than any other Premier League player in that time. City's Ferran Torres became the youngest Spanish player to score in three consecutive appearances in the Champions League, aged 20 years and 241 days. City travel to Sheffield United in the Premier League on Saturday (12:30 GMT). Player of the match De Bruyne Kevin De Bruyne with an average of 8.19 Marseille Marseille Marseille Man City Manchester City Manchester City Marseille Avg Squad number 26 Player name Thauvin Average rating 5.64 Squad number 22 Player name Gueye Average rating 5.53 Squad number 30 Player name Mandanda Average rating 5.53 Squad number 15 Player name Caleta-Car Average rating 5.52 Squad number 3 Player name González Average rating 5.51 Squad number 4 Player name Kamara Average rating 5.47 Squad number 5 Player name Balerdi Average rating 5.46 Squad number 8 Player name Sanson Average rating 5.46 Squad number 7 Player name Radonjic Average rating 5.44 Squad number 18 Player name Amavi Average rating 5.43 Squad number 2 Player name H Sakai Average rating 5.43 Squad number 21 Player name Rongier Average rating 5.36 Squad number 9 Player name Benedetto Average rating 5.33 Squad number 17 Player name Cuisance Average rating 5.21 Squad number 10 Player name Payet Average rating 5.05 Manchester City Avg Squad number 17 Player name De Bruyne Average rating 8.19 Squad number 47 Player name Foden Average rating 7.59 Squad number 7 Player name Sterling Average rating 7.38 Squad number 3 Player name Rúben Dias Average rating 7.29 Squad number 21 Player name Torres Average rating 7.25 Squad number 2 Player name Walker Average rating 7.21 Squad number 8 Player name Gündogan Average rating 7.13 Squad number 14 Player name Laporte Average rating 7.09 Squad number 31 Player name Ederson Average rating 6.82 Squad number 16 Player name Rodri Average rating 6.78 Squad number 26 Player name Mahrez Average rating 6.67 Squad number 80 Player name Palmer Average rating 6.63 Squad number 27 Player name João Cancelo Average rating 6.61 Squad number 20 Player name Bernardo Silva Average rating 6.58 Squad number 11 Player name Zinchenko Average rating 6.50 Squad number 5 Player name Stones Average rating 6.32 MAN CITY continued their perfect start to the Champions League with a dominant 3-0 win at Marseille. Ferran Torres, Ilkay Gundogan and Raheem Sterling scored for Pep Guardiola's side at the Velodrome. Follow ALL of the latest reaction below...