Manchester City set English record with latest Champions League win

Manchester City wrapped up their Champions League group stage campaign on Wednesday evening vs Crvena Zvezda.

The Sky Blues had already qualified for the last-16 in 1st place so had nothing to play for this week. City are the current favourites to win the Champions League at 2/1 with bet365.

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With the Blues having already wrapped up top spot in the group, Pep Guardiola made nine changes from the 2-1 win over Luton on Sunday and gave a first start to young forward Micah Hamilton before bringing Mahamadou Susoho on in the second half for his first appearance.

And with Rico Lewis, Oscar Bobb and Phil Foden also on the pitch, it meant that the club had five academy graduates playing together.

The young side were still able to come away with a 3-2 win on the day and Manchester City have now become the first English club to win eight consecutive European Cup/UEFA Champions League matches.

Following the win, Pep was quick to praise Hamilton and the other Man City youngsters: “What a goal, eh! And what a game. I’m so happy for him,” he said.

“He’s training quite often with us, we saw his skills up front 1-vs-1 and he made a fantastic goal and penalty and when he could not be 1-vs-1 he gave extra passes. Defensively he was aggressive.

“Congratulations to the academy for the last years, how many players came up, how many players we sold to the Premier League and Championship and even more. After we conceded a goal, we were stable after that and he played really well as well. I’m very pleased for Micah for his debut.

“It’s not easy to give opportunities in that level because in big clubs people don’t wait but the situation we had was really good. At the end I wanted to put Max on as a central defender because he has a special quality with the ball but the game was not quite under control but it’s a big compliment for all the academy for many years.

“Cole Palmer was here and Brahim Diaz - many players came from here for many years. Romeo Lavia, Gavin Bazunu, James Trafford. Many players are now playing in the Premier League and Championship because the academy works very well.

“As the first team manager I just get the work behind the scenes but it is really good to see them. Oscar is the reality. The goal he has done is unbelievable. It’s a really really top-class goal.”

Josh Barker

Josh Barker

Middlesbrough fan from the North East of England. @JoshBarker979 on Twitter.