That would nearly certainly leave Manchester City back at the top as long as they do not suffer a shock home defeat by struggling Newcastle United on Saturday (1400).
Eliaquim Mangala (muscle), Gael Clichy (ankle), Fabian Delph (hamstring), Samir Nasri and Kelechi Iheanacho (knocks) are all sidelined for the hosts, who required a last-gasp Sergio Aguero penalty to see off Gladbach. However, next season, the points from 2011/12 will drop off the scale, and therefore England will lose 3.893 points, relative to Italy.
David Silva is to be assessed after making his return from a calf complaint in the 2-1 Champions League win over Borussia Monchengladbach on Wednesday.
Olympiakos midfielder Esteban Cambiasso has defended the performance of English clubs in Europe, saying the Premier League “is probably the hardest” to play in.
But the two bitter English rivals find themselves in vastly different circumstances with United hitting their straps on top of the English Premier League table and City suddenly floundering with a string of defeats after a promising start.
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Manchester City’s manager is without a number of players for Saturday’s game against Newcastle United. “We’ve got two domestic cup competitions in this country when others have one“, the embattled LFC leader said. They are not arriving at their games in Europe in the best possible way because of that. “There is no easy game in the Premier League“.
“A number of our young players are thriving in the league, having played in the summer Under-21 tournament, although they didn’t all embark on commercial tours of the Far East with their clubs, as Harry had to with Spurs“.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side have experienced contrasting fortunes in their Premier League start.
Dinamo Zagreb’s win against Arsenal and Man United humbling at the hands of PSV Eindhoven were fresh examples of English clubs fluffing their lines on the European stage and the punishment for their incompetence is about to be confirmed. They had, however, NEVER won in all of their 12 previous European matches in England, so something must be changing.
“Of course the first game didn’t go well for us but we have a lot of matches in front of us that we want to do well,” Özil told the official Arsenal website.
Nevertheless, the Premier League and La Liga boast with a few of the fiercest rivalries both in terms of teams and players which is also important for fans that enjoy watching football, their financial strength and the power to bring players like Ronaldo, Messi, Aguero, Sanchez, Rooney etc. So, it is safe to say that the Premier League and La Liga are now the best leagues in Europe, with Bundesliga behind them.