Goal after goal kept coming in a back-and-forth affair that finally saw City pull away.
Though City looked fairly comfortable, we were unable to shake Jesse Marsch’s side off and Nkunku reduced the deficit once more when he arrived unmarked to head Dani Olmo’s cross past Ederson, whilst De Bruyne appeared to have gone down with injury.
Guardiola’s men hit back immediately as Grealish capped a fine performance with a stunning goal on his Champions League debut.
Collecting Ruben Dias’ clearance out wide on the left, our No.10 weaved inside before curling a sumptuous effort into the far corner to the delight of the home crowd, but still the visitors came back again as Nkunku latched onto Yussuf Poulsen’s slide rule pass and fired across Ederson for his hat-trick.
Saul gives his quick reactions to a breathless evening at the Etihad.
A back and forth match that had some good City performances as City did played at level with returning KDB and Nathan Ake. Man City came out with great energy and was up 2-0 after 30 minutes to make this a really fun match.
One where City was in control with possession and chances created.
The second half was even more crazy and saw the goal total rail up to 9 total.
City had so many creative players out there including a Jack Grealish super finish that opened the match up even more.
The story of the night was City’s strong side with a fantastic team performance.
Quick Match Recap: Manchester City 6-3 RB Leipzig— Bitter and Blue (@BitterandBlue1) September 15, 2021
What a match! https://t.co/MRIJh6yJ9q
Manchester City 6-3 RB Leipzig: Jack Grealish scores and assists on Champions League debut - Sky Sports
City kept punching, but RBL wouldn’t go down until late in the match.
The Germans, who have lost three of their four Bundesliga matches this season, kept attacking in brave fashion and Nkunku fired home his hat-trick to bring them back within one goal.
There was no panic from City though as Joao Cancelo curled home a beautiful effort just 82 seconds later. Former City left-back Angelino was dismissed with 11 minutes left and Gabriel Jesus put further gloss to the scoreline (85).
City sit top of Group A after the opening fixtures as PSG were surprisingly held 1-1 by Club Brugge.
Man City player ratings vs RB Leipzig as Kevin De Bruyne and Jack Grealish shine - Stuart Brennan - Manchester Evening News
High marks for Pep’s guys, especially KDB and Super Jack.
Bernardo Silva - Buzzed and bounced around the fringes of the Leipzig defence in a support role to De Bruyne. 7
Kevin De Bruyne - Pure quality from the off. His cross to force an own goal was almost magical. 9
Riyad Mahrez - Emphatic from the penalty spot but didn’t give Angelino too hard a time. Earned a bawling out by Pep. 6
Ferran Torres - good runs and dropped deep to create space for others, unselfish stuff from the Spain star. 7
Jack Grealish - fabulous finish for his first Champions League goal - and he had deserved it. 8
Grealish is living the dream after his move to City!
City’s summer-signing admitted that this is a performance he has been dreaming of for some time.
“I loved it, I’ve been waiting a while, the past few days and weeks I couldn’t wait for this game,” he said. “It’s a great night! It was one of those games, it had absolutely everything.
“We’re delighted to get the win against a good team, they were full of energy. I’m delighted personally mainly with the three points, but also with the goal and assist.
“Ruben [Dias] went into a tackle, then the ball came to me. When I’m running into the opposition area I back myself against anyone one on one and luckily it paid off and I hit the back of the net. I’m delighted to get the goal.”
Jack Grealish stars in Champions League debut – Manchester City 6-3 RB Leipzig Review - Tom Cayless - City Report
City’s £100 million summer signing pays huge dividends in UCL debut.
Just five minutes into the second half, Nkunku grabbed his second to make it 3-2. Identical to the first, the French youngster headed past Ederson but this time from an Olmo chip over Ruben Dias. An excellent assist, it has to be said.
Five minutes after one, Grealish got his Champions League debut goal. A clearance from Ruben Dias coincidentally found City’s record transfer on the left, Grealish drove down the channel cut inside and hammered towards the far-post to take City’s tally to 4. The former Villa captain really deserved that, after looking threatening all evening.
City thought they had their fifth after Joao Cancelo played through Ferran Torres, who rounded Gulasci and scored, but the new first-choice City striker was caught offside.
Nkunku then got his hattrick, Younes Poulsen slipped him in behind Nathan Ake and Nkunku finished excellently past Ederson. Tension was added into the Etihad air, with City only one ahead with less than 20 minutes to go.
#ManCity kick-off their #UCL campaign with a 9 goal thriller at the Etihad against RB Leipzig.@Tom72ii runs through all the talking points and player ratings as @JackGrealish introduces himself to the biggest stage in world football.— City Report (@cityreport_) September 15, 2021
Pep Guardiola asks more Man City fans to attend Southampton fixture - Daniel Murphy - Manchester Evening News
And finally, Pep would love it if you would come see him and the fellas in person please.
Pep Guardiola has asked for more Manchester City fans to come to the Etihad for Saturday’s match against Southampton.
The Blues made it harder than it needed to be as a Christopher Nkunku hat-trick kept the Germans in the game, but goals from Nathan Ake, Nordi Mukiele (an own goal), Riyad Mahrez, Jack Grealish, Joao Cancelo and finally Gabriel Jesus secured the three points.
With the restart of Europe’s top competition, the games are now coming thick and fast and City will be back in Premier League competition on Saturday when they face Southampton.
Guardiola has pleaded for City supporters to turn up in force for the match to help drive the team on to win.
That’s it for today. Come back tomorrow as we turn our attention to Southampton.