Dinamo Zagreb, who travel to City on 1 October, lead Group E after thrashing Atalanta 4-0.
The combination of our extensive possession based success, an unexciting draw group and the apathy of numerous Manchester City supporters towards UEFA is making the competition quite hard to get excited about.
Here are three key talking points from the game.
Stones' absence will add to the defensive considerations for Guardiola, with French centre-relieve Aymeric Laporte already more possible to be dominated out till the Unique Yr.
That being said, they could well feel the wrath of a Man City side scorned.
And speaking ahead of the Champions League tie with Shakhtar Donetsk, the City boss admitted his options have been further reduced after Stones picked up a thigh injury in training on Tuesday morning.
That leaves just Otamendi as City's only fit senior centre-back for at least a month.
How we line-up in Kharkiv!
"Sometimes for tactical reasons he played there last season and now with him, Taylor Bellis, Eric and Nico, we are going to play them in that position".
The Citizens looked shaky at the back, scattergun in midfield and unusually timid in attack as their newly promoted opponents claimed a shock 3-2 victory on Saturday.
The versatile midfielder had very little to do in the second half as well.
The Frenchman returned to action in Wednesday night's Champions League group stage triumph at Shakhtar Donetsk, having been sidelined with a knee problem since the 2018/19 quarter-final visit of Tottenham in April.
As mentioned above, Mahrez would open the scoring for City in the 24 minute. Mahrez cut inside to pass for Gundogan, who shot past Andriy Pyatov at the near post. Pep knows all about our squad and team.
Luis Castro (FC Shakhtar): "Made technical errors, especially at the moment with the third goal". "Five shots, five goals".
Guardiola's side are aiming to reach the knockout stages of the Champions League for the seventh season in a row.