LAGOS, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA)-Pep Guardiola’s team have won their last 15 home games and have not suffered a Champions League defeat there since 2018.
Oddly enough, City’s previous home loss came against Frank Lampard’s Everton in December.
Meanwhile, the team’s most recent home loss came to Brentford in November, although, Lyon defeated them 2-1 at home in September 2018 to mark their most recent Champions League loss.
Since then, they have participated in 25 home games in Europe’s premier league, winning 23 of them and only drawing two.
Both draws occurred in games that City had little desire to win, a 0-0 result in the second leg of the last-16 match against Sporting CP from last season (after winning the first leg 5-0) and a 1-1 result in the group stage of the 2019–20 season against Shakhtar Donetsk.
Over the years, the atmosphere at the Etihad, or “the Emptyhad,” as Manchester United supporters like to call it, has come to be so widely mocked that even City supporters are now doing so, albeit with their tongues firmly in their cheeks.
Though, City have subtly transformed their home stadium into a massively scary venue for visitors despite years of criticism about fluctuating attendances and a lack of noise, sometimes from Pep Guardiola himself.
This season, Fortress Etihad, where City have won their past 15 games in all competitions, has made an impact on Bayern Munich, Liverpool, RB Leipzig, Manchester United, and Arsenal.
Following last week’s 1-1 tie between City and Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu, City is feeling optimistic that they may finally defeat the elites of European football.
You can understand why Jack Grealish said last week that they feel “unstoppable” at home by taking a look around Etihad Stadium.