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Man City have unusual Champions League advantage vs Borussia Dortmund – Simon Bajkowski

All English teams that play in the Champions League face the same issue every year, where there is little to zero consideration of their matches in that competition when their domestic games are scheduled. The same could even be said this week, with Pep Guardiola's side given the earliest possible kick-off time this coming weekend at Wolves despite playing on Wednesday evening in the toughest continental tournament.

The gripes from the English clubs and their coaches are louder because other leagues help their teams out, giving them extra days to prepare for big European games where in the Premier League teams just have to put up and shut up. It is perhaps no coincidence that no English side has won the league and the Champions League since United in 2008 whereas seven of the 10 non-English winners since then have also claimed the title in their own country.

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The decision by the Premier League to postpone the weekend's fixtures out of respect for the Queen at a time when basically every other sport went ahead could yet come back to hurt City and others in Europe. The knockout phases of the Champions League are almost back by the time the match could potentially be rearranged for, and the fixture clog will get even worse if the games coming get the same treatment; City would rather a short turnaround for Wolves after Dortmund than face having to squeeze another game into the final third of the season.

However, in the short term at least, City will in fact be fresher than their Champions League opponents. Guardiola's side will have had eight days since their last match the 4-0 tanking of Sevilla whereas Dortmund fell to a 3-0 defeat at RB Leipzig on Saturday.

While City would have hosted Tottenham on Saturday if they had their way, they found themselves in the unusual position on Friday of having longer to prepare for a game than they usually do. The team still trained over the weekend even if they didn't play and work have been dovetailed to put them in the best possible condition for their fixtures this week.

Not only did Dortmund play but they played miserably, failing to have a shot on target against a side that have already sacked their manager to miss the chance to go top of the Bundesliga and build on their opening Champions League win. As preparations go for arriving at a ground where their former striker has just scored consecutive hat-tricks, it was far from ideal.