Manchester City and Dinamo both recorded emphatic matchday one wins, but history favours the English champions for their meeting.
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Manchester City and Dinamo Zagreb both recorded emphatic victories on matchday one, although history suggests it is the English club who are more likely to make it two wins out of two when they meet at the City of Manchester Stadium.
• While City were winning 3-0 at Shakhtar Donetsk last time out, making it eight wins in their last ten matches in the competition, Dinamo avoided matching the longest run for consecutive UEFA Champions League group stage defeats in considerable style. The Croatian champions beat debutants Atalanta 4-0 in Zagreb, their biggest win in the competition proper.
• This is City's first fixture against a Croatian club; Dinamo, meanwhile, have beaten English opposition only once in UEFA competition, and have lost all but one of their six games in England.
• The 3-0 victory at Shakhtar made it 17 City goals in their last five UEFA Champions League matches. Since losing at home to Lyon on matchday one last season (1-2) their record is W8 D1 L1 with 32 goals scored and ten conceded.
• In 2018/19, City recovered from that defeat at home to Lyon to finish first in Group F ahead of the French club, Shakhtar and Hoffenheim, picking up 13 points. They brushed aside Schalke 10-2 on aggregate in the last 16, but for the second year running lost to English opposition in the quarter-finals, Tottenham eliminating them on away goals after a dramatic 4-4 aggregate draw (0-1 a, 4-3 h).
• Guardiola's side have won nine of their last 16 European matches, home and away – losing six.
• City beat Shakhtar 6-0 at home on matchday four last season, their record win in UEFA competition, before quickly surpassing that with a 7-0 defeat of Schalke in the round of 16 second leg. They scored 20 goals in their five home games in 2018/19.
• This is the Citizens' ninth UEFA Champions League campaign; they have been involved in the group stage every season since 2011/12 and have reached the round of 16 or better in the last six campaigns.
• City's best UEFA Champions League performance was reaching the 2015/16 semi-finals.
• Champions of England for the second season running and sixth overall – four of those titles having come in the last eight years – City also lifted the FA Cup and League Cup in 2018/19, becoming the first English club to win all three domestic trophies in one season.
• A Mislav Oršić hat-trick helped Dinamo to a 4-0 defeat of Atalanta in Zagreb in their first Group C game, making the 26-year-old the first player to hit three goals for a Croatian club in a UEFA Champions League group encounter.
• That was just Dinamo's fifth win in the UEFA Champions League group stage in their 37th match (D5 L27); they suffered six defeats in their most recent participation, in 2016/17. They had lost 11 successive matches, and won only one of 27 (D2 L24) – a 2-1 defeat of Arsenal in Zagreb in September 2015 that ended a 16-year wait for a victory in the competition proper – before beating Atalanta.
• Dinamo claimed their 13th Croatian league title in 14 seasons in 2018/19 – and 20th in all – but their UEFA Champions League campaign came to an early end with a play-off defeat against Young Boys. Moving into the UEFA Europa League, the Zagreb club finished first in their section before getting the better of Viktoria Plzeň in the round of 32, then bowing out after extra time against Benfica in the last 16 (1-0 h, 0-3 a).
• Nenad Bjelica's side started this season's UEFA Champions League in the second qualifying round, easing past Georgia's Saburtalo 5-0 on aggregate (2-0 a, 3-0 h) before a 5-1 victory over two games against Ferencváros of Hungary (1-1 h, 4-0 a). They then overcame Rosenborg in the play-offs, winning 2-0 at home before a 1-1 draw in Norway.
• Dinamo have won five of their last ten European away matches (D3 L2).
• The Zagreb club's sole success against English opponents came in their most recent home match against Premier League visitors, that 2-1 defeat of Arsenal in the 2015/16 UEFA Champions League group stage. They lost the return 3-0 in north London, however, making it four successive away losses in England. Dinamo have conceded 13 goals in their six trips, scoring three, and avoided defeat only once – a 0-0 draw at Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League first group stage in September 1999.
• This is Dinamo's seventh UEFA Champions League group campaign overall, and fifth in nine seasons. They have failed to qualify from the group stage in all six previous attempts. In fact, 2018/19 marked the first time in 14 UEFA club competition group stage campaigns – including eight in the UEFA Cup and UEFA Europa League – that the Croatian club had made it through to the next phase.
Links and trivia
• Have played in England:
Kevin Théophile-Catherine (Cardiff 2013/14)
Ivo Pinto (Norwich 2016–19)
• Nikola Moro provided an assist in Croatia's 3-3 draw against England in the UEFA European Under-21 Championship on 24 June; Phil Foden played 90 minutes for England.
• Summer transfers
In: Zack Steffen (Columbus Crew), Angeliño (PSV), Rodri (Atlético Madrid), João Cancelo (Juventus), Scott Carson (Derby County, loan), Pedro Porro (Girona)
Out: Vincent Kompany (Anderlecht), Fabian Delph (Everton), Patrick Roberts (Norwich City, loan), Tom Dele-Bashiru (Watford), Zack Steffen (Fortuna Düsseldorf, loan), Philippe Sandler (Anderlecht, loan), Taylor Richards (Brighton), Douglas Luiz (Aston Villa), Yangel Herrera (Granada, loan), Lukas Nmecha (Wolfsburg, loan), Danilo (Juventus), Pedro Porro (Real Valladolid, loan), Eliaquim Mangala (Valencia), Jeremie Frimpong (Celtic), Lorenzo González (Málaga), Aleix García (Mouscron)
• Nicolás Otamendi's next appearance in the UEFA Champions League, group stage to final, will be his 50th.
• City have won their last four matches in all competitions, scoring 17 goals and conceding only one. They were 3-1 victors at Everton on Saturday.
• Kevin De Bruyne has provided eight assists already in this season's Premier League.
• City were 8-0 winners at home to Watford in the Premier League on 21 September, their biggest win in the English top flight. They led 5-0 after 18 minutes, the fastest any side has established that scoreline in a Premier League match.
• Bernardo Silva scored a hat-trick against Watford, his first three-goal haul in senior football and the first time he had scored more than once in a game for City.
• Sergio Agüero found the net in City's first six league games of the season, scoring eight goals in all. The Argentinian had scored in seven successive Premier League matches before drawing a blank as a substitute at Everton.
• Agüero's goal against Watford was his 100th in the Premier League at the City of Manchester Stadium. He is one of just three players in the competition's history to score a century of goals at a single venue, alongside Thierry Henry at Highbury (114) and Wayne Rooney at Old Trafford (101).
• Josep Guardiola's side have scored 34 goals in their ten matches this season, and 27 in their seven league matches.
• League Cup holders City won 3-0 at Preston North End in the third round on 24 September and will play Southampton at home in the last 16 in the week commencing 28 October.
• City won the FA Community Shield for the sixth time overall – and second year in a row – with a 5-4 shoot-out defeat of Liverpool at Wembley on 4 August, Raheem Sterling scoring City's goal in a 1-1 draw.
• Including that fixture, City have suffered one defeat in their last 18 matches in all competitions (W15 D2), going down 3-2 at Norwich on 14 September.
• Raheem Sterling has scored eight goals in nine club games this season, and was also on target in England's 4-0 defeat of Bulgaria at Wembley on 7 September and the 5-3 win against Kosovo three days later, when he provided three assists.
• Aymeric Laporte damaged the cartilage and lateral meniscus in his right knee during a 4-0 home win against Brighton on 31 August and is expected to be sidelined for around six months.
• Leroy Sané is also facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury to his right knee during the Community Shield against Liverpool.
• Benjamin Mendy made his first appearance since 17 April on matchday one having recovered from a knee injury, but picked up a muscle problem against Preston on 24 September. He was an unused substitute at Everton.
• John Stones' sole appearance of the season came in the defeat at Norwich on 17 September; he suffered a muscle injury in training on the eve of the game at Shakhtar.
• Summer transfers
In: Luka Ivanušec (Lokomotiva Zagreb), Ivo Pinto (Norwich), François Moubandje (Toulouse)
Out: Ivan Šunjić (Birmingham), Amir Rrahmani (Hellas Verona), Luka Menalo (Olimpija Ljubljana, loan), Jan Lecjaks (Omonia, loan), Adrian Šemper (Chievo, loan)
• Dinamo suffered their second league defeat of the season on 21 September, going down 1-0 at Varaždin. They were beaten only twice in the whole of their 2018/19 league campaign.
• The Zagreb club won their first six matches of 2019/20 in all competitions, and were unbeaten in their first 12 (W9 D3) before losing 1-0 at Hajduk Split on 31 August, a game they finished with only nine men.
• On Friday Dinamo were 4-0 winners at Lokomotiva Zagreb, their biggest league victory of the season.
• Mislav Oršić has five goals in his last four matches, Damian Kądzior three in two and Mario Gavranović three in five; all three were on target at Lokomotiva.
• Dinamo defeated Karlovac 7-0 in the last 32 of the Croatian Cup on 25 September, Kądzior scoring twice with Bruno Petković, Oršić, Mario Šitum, Iyayi Atiemwen and Gavranović also on target.
• Uncapped defender Dino Perić has been named on the standby list for Croatia's upcoming UEFA EURO 2020 qualifiers.
• Dinamo kicked off the new season with a 1-0 win against Rijeka in the Croatian Super Cup on 13 July.