Manchester City are first in the group after a barn burner of a match. Nathan Ake and Jack Grealish scored for the first time in the Champions League as Manchester City got the better of RB Leipzig in a nine-goal spectacular to start on top.
With supporters finally back at the Etihad Stadium for a European match for the first time since November 2019, Pep Guardiola’s crew secured and outlasted to a victory as they become the quickest English team to reach 50 wins the competition.
A great win and we move. On to the reaction-
Pep Guardiola Reaction
“Of course, I am delighted and happy and thank you to these incredible players we have. It was a really tough game,”
“The first game at home it was important to win and we scored six goals.
“Seventeen goals in the last four games is nice to give to them. Now rest and prepare for Southampton.
“Nine goals in one game so it is nice for all the people watching.
“A team like RB Leipzig never gives up. They have a clear idea. They attack inside, they put a lot of players inside.
“They don’t have the problem of losing the ball because when they lose the ball they make quick transitions.
“When we have the ball they are there to press you. At the same time when you can regain the ball, pass back and switch play a little bit, you always have a chance to run and score a goal.
“I think the game was tight. We were fortunate that when they scored we were able to score immediately.
“I saw the game against Bayern Munich, they made it 1-2 and Bayern Munich suffered because of the counter-attack. It is an interesting team.
“They have played like this since Ralph Rangnick arrived. They really play. It is one of the best teams in Germany.
“That is why I am incredibly satisfied with the players for the first victory in the group stage.”
“We have an outstanding squad. From day one until now they give me exceptional players with a very good mentality.
A perfect night for my 1st champions league game! Goal, assist, win ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/D6HMW148gg— Jack Grealish (@JackGrealish) September 15, 2021