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  • I don't think this win should be underestimated - and not just for securing qualification. For a side not very experienced in European competition, it was a big statement win (with some key players) against a side who are expected to reach the latter stages and should bode well further down the line.

  • Although the desire will be there to win the group, it will at least allow Mark Hughes the option or resting certain players or giving others some meaningful action as we head toward the congested Christmas and New Year period.

  • A slightly interesting decision by Hughes to overlook both Ben Haim and Onouha (with stories of his impending departure maybe not far off the mark) and break up the Richards-Dunne partnership with Kompany featuring at centre-half and Richards on the right. Kompany certainly was impressive and it presents a potential dilemna for Hughes. With a potential signing of Lassana Diarra in January it would allow this, but I do worry that Hamman or Gelson would weaken this area if they featured on a permanent basis.

  • Interestingly - as Jack points out, it is our first win scoring this season scoring less than three goals, and there are signs that we maybe mixing a degree of pragmatism along with the flair and attacking threat.
Reports

The fact that victory was earned without the talismanic presence of Robinho underlined City's achievement in becoming the first English team to defeat Schalke on their own turf. >>telegraph.co.uk

Manchester City’s new owners want their club to be playing in the Champions League as soon as possible and there were signs last night that they will get their wish ahead of schedule. >>times online.

ENGLAND’S recent superiority over Germany on the football field was emphatically reinforced by the buoyant Blues last night. >>MEN.

Manchester City, who already have a notable chunk of history in these parts, created a little more with an admirable — if at times fragile — win against the side Mark Hughes had rated the strongest in a group his team now controls with six invaluable points. >>guardian.co.uk