David Silva shone in Man City’s top-5 results vs German sides before BVB


Manchester City face Borussia Dortmund in Champions League Group G this week, so what is the Citizens’ best record against German sides in European competition so far?

The Etihad Stadium natives have faced German teams in Europe more times than any other country with 29 head-to-head meetings. City have also won 18 games, with David Silva’s display returning victory over Bayern Munich in 2011.

Wednesday will be the fifth time Manchester City have met Borussia Dortmund in European competition. They first met during the group stage of the 2012/13 season with a 1-1 draw in Manchester, before BVB’s only victory so far was 1-0 at the Westfalenstadion.

Manchester City will now be hoping to follow up their 2021 results when Borussia Dortmund come to England after completing a quarter-final double over this week’s opponents. A win would keep Pep Guardiola’s side top of Group G, with goal difference the only separation after a draw.

The matches between Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund in 2021 are among the Citizens’ best results against German teams in Europe to date. So with that in mind, what are the other four draws that preceded Guardiola’s pair of 2-1 results in April last year?

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Manchester City beat Germany’s Schalke in the semi-finals of the 1969/70 Cup Winners’ Cup

Manchester City achieved one of their best results against German teams during European competition in their first match against a team from the country in 1969/70. The Citizens beat Schalke 5-2 on aggregate during the semi-finals of the Cup Winners’ Cup.

Schalke gained an early advantage in the play-off with a 1-0 first-leg win at the Gluckauf-Kampfbahn through Reinhard Libuda. But Manchester City would respond strongly at Maine Road, comfortably claiming a 5-1 win to book a date with Gornik Zabrze in the final.

Mike Doyle and a brace from Neil Young gave the Citizens a 3-0 lead inside the first half hour of the second leg, while Francis Lee and Colin Bell added to the difference before Libuda responded. Manchester City would then defeat Gornik Zabrze 2-1 to win the Cup Winners’ Cup.

Manchester City scored a return to the Champions League with a victory over Bayern Munich in 11/12

Manchester City returned to UEFA’s premier club competition during the 2011/12 Champions League. They have not played in the tournament since its time as the European Cup in 1968/69. And while their journey ended in the group stage, they beat Bayern Munich.

The Citizens hosted Der FCB in their final Group A match and heroic efforts from Silva and Yaya Toure saw them win 2-0. Silva was the star of the show as the Spaniard elegantly flashed the ball into the bottom right corner of Hans-Jorg Butt’s goal.

While the result wasn’t enough to send Manchester City into the last 32 of the Europa League, it showed they can compete in Europe’s top competition by beating the eventual losers of the Champions League and also handing them a first defeat.

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Manchester City beat Bayern Munich in Germany to win the European Cup Winners’ Cup

Manchester City faced Bayern Munich again in the 2013/14 Champions League group stage and achieved another of their best results to date against the German side. But this time it happened in Bavaria as Manuel Pellegrini oversaw a 3-2 win away to the Allianz Arena.

Der FCB visited City earlier in Group D as reigning champions of the Champions League, Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal. The matchday clash saw the German giants win 3-1, ultimately deciding who tops the table as they finish level on 15 points.

Pellegrini took his team to Germany for their final group stage game and saw Thomas Muller and Mario Gotze put Bayern Munich two goals to the good in the space of 12 minutes. But Manchester City refused to be beaten as Silva, Aleksandar Kolarov and James Milner struck.

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Manchester City beat Germany’s Schalke in the Champions League 18/19 last 16

Manchester City beat Schalke in the last 16 of the 2018/19 Champions League to record another of their best results against German sides to date. The Citizens drew Die Konigsblauen in the first knockout round, winning home and away 10-2 on aggregate.

With Guardiola at the helm, Manchester City comfortably topped their group ahead of Lyon, Shakhtar Donetsk and TSG Hoffenheim. A trip to the Veltins-Arena would then return a 3-2 advantage in the first leg before the Etihad Stadium bore witness to a 7-0 drubbing.

Sergio Aguero broke the deadlock from the spot before securing a brace inside three minutes. Leroy Sane then added before the break before Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva, Phil Foden and Gabriel Jesus sealed a place in the quarter-finals against Tottenham Hotspur.

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Manchester City have reached the 2020/21 Champions League final after beating Borussia Dortmund

Manchester City have finally overcome their obstacles to reach the Champions League final in the 2020/21 season. They lost 1-0 to Chelsea at the Estadio do Dragao in Porto, but enjoyed an unbeaten run through the group stage and earlier knockout games.

City failed to win just one of the 12 games leading up to the final, a 0-0 draw at Porto. While the two matches with Borussia Dortmund in the quarter-finals brought a pair of 2-1 wins, after a pair of 2-0 victories over Germany’s Borussia Monchengladbach.

Kevin De Bruyne steered Manchester City to one of their best ever results against a German side with a 19th-minute effort in the first leg. Foden later ensured the Citizens visited the Westfalenstadion with a clear lead moments after Marco Reus had leveled for BVB.

Jude Bellingham would then put the cat among the pigeons by scoring 15 minutes into the back half for North Rhine-Westphalia. However, the England midfielder was unable to stop Riyad Mahrez scoring from the spot before Foden secured City’s place in the semi-finals.

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