Not since 2008-09, long before Pep Guardiola’s arrival, have City had as few as 12 points from their opening 12 Premier League matches.
The Citizens’ tally of 10 goals scored, meanwhile, is the fewest they have managed since 2006-07 when finishing 14th under Stuart Pearce.
City may be an entirely different club now, but they have certainly not started the campaign like a European powerhouse and Guardiola needs to get a response out of his players.
The good news for the Catalan coach, who signed a new two-year deal last week, is that progress to the last 16 of the Champions League looks pretty routine from this point.
City defeated Porto 3-1 in their opening group match and have brushed aside Marseille and Olympiacos by the same 3-0 scoreline, giving them nine points from nine.
A point against Greek champions Olympiacos on Wednesday should be enough to see City through with two games – away to Porto and home to Marseille – still to play.
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