Pep Guardiola’s men recorded their biggest win in the champions league with an impressive 6-0 victory over Shakhtar Donetsk to move top of the group with nine points but will have to wait till their next match to qualify for the round of 16.
City were at the verge of securing a round of 16 ticket before 10-man Hoffenheim came from 2-0 down and scored a 92nd-minute equaliser to draw 2-2 with Lyon in another Group F clash.
Gabriel Jesus did a hat-trick in the game, while Silva, Sterling and Mahrez all hit the net to ensure City’s hope of keeping their dreams alive is sustained.
But City will qualify automatically with one game left if they beat Lyon on Tuesday, November 27th.
Man City manager who spoke on the team’s qualification after the victory said: “Unfortunately we haven’t qualified, but we are so close and will try to maintain this level” .
“The fact it’s not done will make sure we will focus on the competition. It was another excellent performance, the team attacked very well. We have not qualified but made a good step to finishing first in the group phase.” BBC Sport reported.
Pep Guardiola won the Champions League twice as a coach with Barcelona and is hoping to repeat that with City this year after taking them to the last 16 in 2016-17 and then the quarter-finals last season.