[UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Week 2] It's going to be hard to dislodge Bayern Munich. Forget for a moment the nightmare Joe Hart had in goal for Manchester City, Bayern Munich's 3-1 win at the Etihad Stadium signaled it remains the best team in Europe despite a change in coaches.
''We were so dominant against a big team in Europe,'' said Arjen Robben. ''We didn't expect an easy game like that.''
Bayern was ahead 3-0
by the hour mark on goals by its big three up front, Franck Ribery, Thomas Mueller and Robben, and should have had more
before Alvaro Negredo pulled a goal back for Man City.
''I'm lucky to be here and training these players,'' said Pep Guardiola, who took over for Jupp Heynckes over the summer.
The game was a battle of former La Liga coaches, and Guardiola, the
former Barcelona coach, again got the best of Manuel Pellegrini, who came over from Malaga to take charge at Manchester City over the summer. Guardiola and
Pellegrini had met eight times in Liga, and Guardiola's Barca teams won seven times and tied the other game.
''I think we played really bad,'' said Pellegrini, who watched his team give
up six goals in its last two games, both losses.
Manchester City-Bayern Munich Highlights:
UCL Results: Wednesday:
Shakhtar Donetsk 1 Manchester United 1
Bayer Leverkusen 2 Real Sociedad 1
United, Shakhtar Donetsk 4 points; Bayer Leverkusen 3; Real Sociedad 0.
Juventus 2 Galatasaray 2
Real Madrid 4 FC Copenhagen
Standings: Real Madrid 6 points; Juventus 2; FC Copenhagen, Galatasaray 1.
St. Germain 3 Benfica 0
Anderlecht 0 Olympiakos 3
Standings: Paris St. Germain 6 points; Benfica, Olympiakos 3; Anderlecht 0.
Manchester City 1 Bayern Munich 3
CSKA Moscow 3 Viktoria Plzen 2
Standings: Bayern Munich 6 points; Manchester City, CSKA Moscow 3; Viktoria Plzen 0.
UCL RESULTS: Tuesday:
Basel 0 Schalke 04 1
Steaua Bucharest 0 Chelsea 4
Standings: Schalke 04 6 points; Basel, Chelsea 3;
Steaua Bucharest 0.
Borussia Dortmund 3 Marseille 0
Arsenal 2 Napoli 0
Standings: Arsenal 6 points; Napoli, Borussia Dortmund 3; Marseille 0.
Zenit St. Petersburg 0 Austria Vienna 0
Porto 1 Atletico Madrid 2
Standings: Atletico Madrid 6 points; Porto 3; Zenit St. Petersburg,
Austria Vienna 1.
Ajax 1 AC Milan 1
Celtic 0 Barcelona 1
Standings: Barcelona 6 points; AC Milan 4; Ajax 1; Celtic 0.