Brugge vs Man City LIVE: Champions League latest score and updates tonight

<p>The players line up before kick-off</p>

The players line up before kick-off

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Manchester City are in Belgium this evening to take on Club Brugge in the Champions League. City sit third in Group A with three points from their opening two games, having thrashed RB Leipzig before being beaten by Paris Saint-Germain, and Pep Guardiola will be urging his team to earn another win here before the group stage’s midway point.

Brugge are second after drawing with PSG before beating Leipzig, and they are proving the surprise package of the group so far. The reigning Pro League champions are currently second in the Belgian table on goal difference behind Union Saint-Gilloise, and manager Philippe Clement can be pleased with a strong start to the season.

Asked if two-time Champions League winner Guardiola was an inspiration to him, Clement said at his pre-match press conference: “Of course he is. I have already indicated as much in many interviews. I like the way he makes his teams play and has done at different clubs. Maybe at some other point I will talk to him and I will also talk to him privately after the game.” Follow all the action below, live.

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Club Brugge 0 – 0 Man City

6 mins: Man City win a corner but play it short to De Bruyne. He gives it back to Mahrez who finds Grealish just outside the box. Mahrez stays out wide and gets the ball back as Grealish makes a run into the middle of the area. He sends in a cross but Brugge deal with it before it reaches Grealish.

Michael Jones19 October 2021 17:53

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Club Brugge 0 – 0 Man City

3 mins: Joao Cancelo flicks an aerial pass down the left wing and plays Jack Grealish in behind the lines. He’s met by Clinton Mata who sends the ball out of play for a City throw in.

Get put the ball back into play and knock it quickly around the edge of the box with sharp, one-touch passes. The ball comes to Mahrez who’s tackled by Eder Balanta. Mahrez goes down looking for a free kick but the referee lets play go on.

Michael Jones19 October 2021 17:50

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Club Brugge 0 – 0 Man City

Kick off: There’s a fine atmosphere inside the stadium. Lots of cheers and chants. The fans are up for this one for sure.

This will be a difficult task for Club Brugge but they’ve started their Champions League campaign strongly and will be confident enough to take something out of this match.

Manchester City get the ball rolling and knock the ball back to Ederson in goal. Ruben Dias then sends the ball up to Kevin De Bruyne who’s attempted pass out to Riyad Mahrez is intercepted by Edouard Sobol and Club Brugge take over possession.

Michael Jones19 October 2021 17:47

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Here come the teams

The players gather in the tunnel before kick off. Riyad Mahrez has good memories at this stadium scoring twice here on his Champions League debut for Leicester in September 2016.

Michael Jones19 October 2021 17:41

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The warm ups

10 minutes to go until kick off at the Jan Breydelstadion in Belgium. The warm ups are all done and the teams are ready to go.

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Michael Jones19 October 2021 17:36

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Guardiola speaking to BT Sport

Pep Guardiola had a final say before kick off and answered the question whether this was a must-win game for Manchester City this evening. He replied:


This is a short competition, it’s not like the Premier League. It’s just six games [in the group], so when you don’t get results in one or two games it’s complicated. We know how tough this competition is, but we have four games left.”

Michael Jones19 October 2021 17:33

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De Bruyne on Club Brugge

Kevin De Bruyne also spoke to BT Sport about Man City’s opponents this evening saying:


I know they’re a really good team. They’ve been champions for many, many years in Belgium. The way they’ve started the group shows their quality. It’s the first occasion that I’m going back home and playing a game over there, so it’s going to be weird.”

Michael Jones19 October 2021 17:30

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Kevin De Bruyne ‘understands’ Raheem Sterling’s frustrations over lack of game time at Man City

Sterling made just his third Premier League start of the season in Saturday’s 2-0 win against Burnley but said before the match that he would be “open” to leaving the club and “go somewhere else for more game time”.

Michael Jones19 October 2021 17:27

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De Bruyne’s homecoming

Kevin De Bruyne returns to his native Belgium tonight for the first time since in a club fixture since he left Genk for Chelsea in 2012. He said:


I’m excited to go back home. Obviously people will always set the standard higher and higher because of what we’ve won in England in the past five or six years. People expect us to win the Champions League. We’ve not won it but we are trying.

“Hopefully in my period here we can get one. It doesn’t define your legacy – maybe [it does] for people outside. I’m happy with what we’ve done as a club for the past six years.”

Michael Jones19 October 2021 17:23

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City’s 2020/21 Champions League run

In 2020/21 City ended a run of three successive quarter-final eliminations by going all the way to the Champions League final only to lose 1-0 to Chelsea at Porto’s Estádio do Dragão.

City had beaten Borussia Mönchengladbach (2-0 away, 2-0 home), Borussia Dortmund (2-1 home, 2-1 away) and PSG (2-1 away, 2-0 home) en route to the final after they finished first in Group C with 16 points, keeping five clean sheets and conceding just one goal – equalling the Champions League group stage record.

City have already conceded the same number of goals in the 2021/22 Champions League as in their 13 games in last season’s competition.

Michael Jones19 October 2021 17:20

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