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How will FC Copenhagen approach tie with Man City?

Man City expert view
Man City expert view

There are not many who are giving FC Copenhagen a chance against Manchester City.

But what can we expect from the home side as the Champions League returns tonight?

Former City and Denmark defender Mikkel Bischoff has given his thoughts to BBC Radio Manchester and he says there are two ways you can look at how they will approach the first leg.

After all, they have not played a competitive game since their most recent Champions League match at the beginning of December, which was a 1-0 win over Galatasaray that sealed their place in the last 16.

"There are two ways to see it. They are fresh, they've been on a pre-season camp and had a long time to prepare for this game," Bischoff said.

"But [equally], the players are not in the best shape.

FC Copenhagen also have two contrasting styles in how they approach games.

"I think they'll be quite cautious," said Bischoff. "When they play domestically, they play a dominant game, possession football and scoring a lot of goals.

"When they play in Europe, they're very cautious. They try to play with the ball a bit but it's not a priority. They do counter attack and that's what's been their success."

Bischoff also said there are few people in Denmark who can be confident of how FC Copenhagen will navigate the two legs, although most agree the tie's outcome will all ride on the first leg at home stadium Parken.

"I've been to many stadiums and I think for European nights Parken is up there with the best," he said. "It's intense - they are singing throughout.

"They won't want to be seen as minnows - they'll want to be seen as a competitive team that can play against the best teams in Europe."

Hear more from Mikkel tonight on BBC Radio Manchester from 19:00GMT.