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Champions League
Champions League
Tuesday 27 October 2020
Kickoff at 20:00 GMT
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All you need to know ahead of Tuesday's Champions League trip to Marseille...


City resume Champions League action on Tuesday, October 27th with a trip to the Stade Velodrome to take on French side Marseille, with kick-off at 8pm (UK).

The game will be televised live on BT Sport in the UK. Fans living abroad should check out our global TV listings to find out how you can tune in wherever you are in the world.

You can also follow all the action in our Matchday Centre on and on Twitter: @ManCity, whilst a full-match replay will be available to watch on CITY+ from midnight onwards.


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Aymeric Laporte is fit again, whilst Nathan Ake is close to a return, but it remains to be seen whether he will be fit enough for inclusion at the Stade Velodrome.

Sergio Aguero, Fernandinho, Gabriel Jesus and Benjamin Mendy are all out with injury.

Last meeting 

This is the first ever match between the teams.

Marseille will be looking to bounce back quickly after conceding in added time to lose 1-0 at Olympiacos on Matchday 1.

City also went behind in their opening fixture, but recovered to see off Porto 3-1 at the City of Manchester Stadium.

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"They are a historical team in France. The quality of Payet and Thauvin is normal.

"They are well organised, defend the space. We have to find a way to control the game and not concede in the set pieces. They have one of the best takers in Europe, they are strong there."



Referee: Tobias Stieler (GER

Assistants: Mike Pickel (GER) & Christian Gittelmann (GER)

Fourth official: Florian Badstübner (GER)

VAR: Sascha Stegemann (GER)

Assistant VAR: Harm Osmers (GER)




Marseille are making their tenth appearance in the UEFA Champions League group stage, but their first since 2013/14.

Three of those previous nine campaigns have extended into the knockout rounds, including the inaugural edition in 1992/93 when OM became the first, and so far only, French side to win the European Cup.

Marseille most recently made the knockout stages in 2011/12, when they reached the quarter-finals. • Seven years ago, OM finished bottom of their group behind Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund and Napoli, losing all six games.

Matchday 1 extended Marseille's losing run in the UEFA Champions League to ten matches. Their last success in the competition was a 1-0 home victory against Internazionale in the 2011/12 round of 16 first leg.

Second in Ligue 1 in 2019/20, Marseille are taking part in UEFA competition for the first time since 2018/19. Then they finished bottom of a UEFA Europa League section also including Eintracht Frankfurt, Lazio and Apollon Limassol with one point having lost five of their six matches.

Marseille are without a win in nine European matches, losing eight, since a 2-0 victory at home to Salzburg in the 2017/18 UEFA Europa League semi-final first leg. They went on to lose the second leg 2-1 but still progressed to the final, where they were beaten 3-0 by Atlético de Madrid in Lyon.

Manchester City

City finished second in the 2019/20 Premier League, ending the season 18 points behind Liverpool having won the title in each of the two previous campaigns.

Josep Guardiola's side bowed out of the UEFA Champions League at the quarter-final stage for the third season running, going down 3-1 against OM's domestic rivals Lyon in their one-off tie in Lisbon.

City had finished first in their group with 14 points (W4 D2) before seeing off Real Madrid in the last 16, winning 2-1 away and at home against the 13-time European champions.

This is the Cityzens' tenth UEFA Champions League campaign; they have been involved in the group stage every season since 2011/12 and have reached the round of 16 in seven successive campaigns.

City have scored 38 goals in their last 14 UEFA Champions League matches; over the last two seasons their record is W14 D3 L3 with 54 goals scored and 22 conceded.

City's best UEFA Champions League performance was reaching the 2015/16 semi-finals.

Guardiola's team have won seven of their last 11 away European matches (D2 L2), both defeats coming in England; the last away game they lost abroad was at Shakhtar (1-2) on Matchday 6 of the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League.

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Joleon Lescott and Richard Dunne will be with us for the We’re Not Really Here matchday show.

Our former stars will join the presenting duo of Kyle Walker and Natalie Paweleck in the studio to provide their expert analysis.

We’re Not Really Here begins one hour before kick-off at 7pm (UK), when Lescott and Dunne will be discussing all things City to get you in the mood for the game.

We return to the studio at half-time for a brief round-up on the opening 45 minutes, and five minutes after the final whistle, we’ll be live for half an hour of post-match reaction, when our guests will dissect the game and respond to the fans’ Man of the Match poll, questions, and comments. Get in touch, using the hashtag #WNRH!

We’re Not Really Here is available to watch on all of our official digital platforms, whilst during the game there will be live commentary and footage of fans around the world, which you can enjoy exclusively on and our official app.

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