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RB Leipzig entered February full of confidence after putting together an impressive run of 18 official games without losing (W14, D4) before their 2-1 loss to Union Berlin just over a week ago. Marco Rose’s side bounced back with a 3-0 away win against Wolfsburg last weekend and he hopes that result can encourage them to repeat last season’s 2-1 triumph in the UEFA Champions League (UCL). ) here against Manchester City.

The German side’s success over City in that group stage tie gave them their fourth win in Europe against a Premier League team (P4), with Rose’s cast curiously winning all three games that took place in Leipzig. . That should boost Leipzig’s confidence a bit, as should the fact that they have already beaten champions Scotland (Celtic) and Spain (Real Madrid) at home in this competition this season.

Reigning champions England are next, but they risk losing that crown this year after a 1-1 draw at the weekend with relegated Nottingham Forest left City two points behind leaders. , Arsenal, even after having played one more game. So the UCL could be a welcome distraction for the Manchester club, who are hoping last season’s loss here was just a fluke, given they had won four straight away games against German opposition before that defeat. .

Overall, City’s UCL away record is impressive, losing just five of their last 26 European away games (W15, D6). However, their performance away from the Etihad in recent weeks surprises some and leads to a potential surprise, as the weekend’s draw against Forest left City with just one win in their last five competitive away matches (D1 , Q3).

Players to watch: Leipzig striker and former Chelsea star Timo Werner has recorded two career assists against City and, oddly, five of his six personal meetings against the English outfit have been settled by a one-goal margin (G3, P3). Erling Haaland has scored six goals in his career against RB Leipzig, the most (combined) he has scored against a single opponent in his entire career.

Notable fact: Leipzig have failed to score in each of their last three UCL knockout phase (P3) games.