David Silva gets Manchester City's European campaign up and running

David Silva gets Manchester City's European campaign up and running

David Silva gets Manchester City's European campaign up and running

Hoffenheim's home debut in the Champions League group stages started perfectly for the high-flying "village club" who have come so far so quickly in the Bundesliga, with Algerian Belfodil latching on to a neat through ball from Kerem Demirbay to slot home.

His side kept their patience, though, and David Silva's quick thinking, robbing central defender Stefan Posch in the box and shooting home a sharp left-footed victor, secured them the three points.

However, the visitors struck back just seven minutes later as Silva picked out Leroy Sane brilliantly and the German winger held it up within the six-yard box before finding Aguero, who eventually fired home.

"But the last years have shown we always struggle at Anfield so hopefully it can be a boost to us to show everyone and ourselves that we are able to play good there and get at least one or three points".

Sunday's fixture will also be each side's last chance to stake their claim for top spot before heading into the worldwide break. "I want to be on the bench with my players in the next game - on the bench".

After seeing Lyon capitalize on City mistakes, Hoffenheim will try to force City into errors and look for Andrej Kramaric and Adam Szalai to find the back of the net.

Jurgen Klopp's side have established themselves as a credible threat to City's title defence in the opening two months of the season and this weekend's game represents a huge chance for them to gain a lead on their rivals.

Tuesday's game will be the first time that Hoffenheim and Manchester City have ever played each other.

Sergio Aguero has been in fine goalscoring form this season and I expect the Argentine to continue his record in the Rhein-Neckar-Arena.

Baumann produced a stunning one-handed stop to thwart Aguero again before the break, but the hosts regained a foothold in the second half.

However, Silva popped up with the victor to delight City's travelling fans.

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