Manchester City did not go more than a 1-1 draw in the first round of 1 match against Leipzig in Germany. Pep Guardiola's "citizens" dominated the first half of the match, but failed to get the best possible from the opportunities created. This is thanks to the very solid resistance and defense of the Germans.
City managed to take the lead in the 27th minute of the match through Mahrez. The latter made good use of Gundogan's ball, who took advantage of a mistake in Leipzig's defense. However, the goal did not demotivate the hosts, who despite the English pressure managed to calm down the game, thus closing the first half without conceding another goal, but very weak in attack.
The change for Leipzig came in the second, as the Germans appeared more ambitious, putting more pressure on the opponent. The hosts had two good chances to equalize with Benjamin Henrichs, but the latter was unlucky in front of Ederson's goal. However, Leipzig's efforts eventually paid off when, in the 70th minute of the challenge, Guardiol headed in a corner kick.
Kevin de Bruyne's absence was evident in Manchester City's game as the English side struggled to create dangerous chances. Haaland never seriously threatened the Leipzig goal, and despite efforts in the second half, the challenge ended in a 1-1 draw.
Although the result can be considered quite positive, considering the fact that it came on transfer, Guardiola expected better from his side, who recorded another draw after that against Nottingham Forest in the Championship. However, the "citizens" have every chance to secure qualification for the next match, as during this season they have won 17 of the 19 meetings played at the Etihad.