Guardiola has happy day as Man City win in Germany

Having lost their opening match of the Champions League season at home to Lyon, Manchester City were under vast pressure to take all three points from their trip to Germany to take on Hoffenheim and they accomplished their mission thanks to David Silva, but only just.

On Hoffenheim's game against Man City, he added: "The first ever meeting between the clubs and City need to get a result after their shock home reverse to Lyon on Matchday 1".

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Raheem Sterling, after a lightning end-to-end break, and Aguero, who was a livewire all evening, went close to putting City ahead as they piled on the pressure.

In front of him, Fernandinho, David Silva and Bernardo Silva pick themselves given their current form, particularly the Portuguese playmaker.

The sleepy German village of Hoffenheim has only 3,270 inhabitants; it has a forklift truck shop and a museum; and it has a football team that last night came within minutes of claiming a creditable point against one of Europe's best sides.

The Argentinian had a total of seven chances, five in the first-half alone, and moments later Hoffenheim goalkeeper Oliver Baumann had to palm yet another Aguero shot over the crossbar. We were more intense in the second half.

For the opening 25 minutes, Julian Nagelsmann's side contained City without managing to create much for themselves. Leroy Sane has his feet taken away by the gloves of Baumann, who.doesn't actually get a touch to the ball.

Guardiola heaped praise on match-winner Silva, 32.

Hoffenheim fought courageously, defended heroically and attacked without fear, but in the end they had no answer to the magic of David Silva. His attitude has at times been questioned, but his quality is not in doubt. I think the English favorited can score 3 on their own so I will play it two ways.

With Cristiano Ronaldo serving a one-match suspension for his red card against Valencia in September, Paulo Dybala recorded a hat trick by midway through the second half as Juventus continued its flawless start across all competitions with a 3-0 win over BSC Young Boys.

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