Next Match: at home to Swansea, December 01
Europe: UEFA Champions League (Group D)
Joe Hart made an error-free return to action but Manchester City left it late to secure victory over Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League. Goals from Alvaro Negredo and Edin Dzeko in the last 12 minutes finished off the spirited Czech minnows as City won 4-2 at the Etihad Stadium in their latest Group D fixture. Plzen had twice come from behind to level with goals from Tomas Horava and Stanislav Tecl after Sergio Aguero, from the penalty spot, and Samir Nasri put City ahead. Goalkeeper Hart, playing his first City game for a month, was not at fault for either of the goals conceded and impressed with some good saves - but the same could not be said for the rest of the defence. Despite goals flowing at the other end - 22 in the last four home games - questions have recurred about the back line throughout the season, particularly with captain Vincent Kompany out injured. Manager Manuel Pellegrini said: "One of the most important things to be an attacking team is to know how to defend well. Today we did very, very bad. I am talking about the whole team. I think the whole team must know how to defend."