Champions League - Round of 16 - 1st Leg
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Borussia Monchengladbach 0-2 Man City: 19 wins in a row for Pep Guardiola's side

By Tom RostanceBBC Sport
Bernardo Silva
Bernardo Silva's opening goal was his 35th for City in all competitions but only his third with his head.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says his side "have to be more clinical" despite seeing another dominant display sweep aside Borussia Monchengladbach for a 19th successive win.

Guardiola's team - favourites to win their first Champions League title this season - were far too good for their meek last-16 opposition in Budapest, and perhaps should have added to the first-leg lead given to them by Bernardo Silva and Gabriel Jesus.

"In general, we controlled the game. Unfortunately we were not clinical enough up front," Guardiola told BT Sport.

"That is something we have to improve in this competition. Up front we have to be more clinical. In this competition you have to be perfect to make sure you go through."

Silva headed in a wonderful cross from Joao Cancelo to open the scoring, before the same two players combined to lay on the second for Jesus.

Gladbach, appearing at this stage of the competition for the first time in 43 years, had no answer and would need something close to a sporting miracle to turn the tie around when the sides meet in Manchester on 16 March.

Is this City's year?

Holders Bayern Munich may well have something to say about City being favourites for this year's competition - but their fellow German side were rendered voiceless in Hungary.

Gladbach, no doubt handicapped by not being allowed to play at home because of Covid-19 travel restrictions, barely laid a glove on Guardiola's side. They struggled to get out of their own penalty area at times, never mind into City's, as the visitors pressed mercilessly.

Only Bayern (18) scored more goals in this season's Champions League group stage than Gladbach (16) but such was City's monopoly of possession that goalkeeper Ederson made his sole save in stoppage time.

It is a pattern that is becoming the norm. Never mind conceding, City have only faced nine shots on their goal in four away games in Europe this season. Keep that up and even Bayern will struggle to knock them out.

The runaway Premier League leaders are playing football with such composure, quality and control that they are frequently serving up mismatches and that continued on the continental stage as they wrapped up a 12th away win in a row - a record for an English top-flight club.

Their first-half dominance was rewarded when Cancelo, playing more in central midfield than in his nominal role of left-back, clipped a fine cross from deep which Silva headed down and in.

Jesus should have made it two after the break but took too long to shoot when free in the area, but did then prod home when Silva headed back another fine Cancelo ball.

Kevin de Bruyne was left on the bench throughout and record goalscorer Sergio Aguero was introduced as a late substitute after missing 14 games - and 14 wins - to give City another boost.

They are yet to reach a Champions League final. Is this their year?

"When I see Bayern Munich I don't think we are favourites," Guardiola said. "My target is West Ham in three days.

"If people say we are favourites we have to accept it, but a team who in their whole history has been a semi-final once? OK, they say it, we have to accept it."

'They have a great opportunity' - analysis

Bernardo Silva and Gabriel Jesus
Manchester City have won 42 of the last 43 games Gabriel Jesus has scored in.

Former Crystal Palace striker Clinton Morrison on BBC Radio 5 Live:

"How strong was that Man City bench? Kevin de Bruyne, John Stones, Riyad Mahrez, Sergio Aguero - it's super strong.

"It can be Man City's year, this year, I think they could do the quadruple with the squad they've got at the moment - I think they have a great opportunity."

Jesus' formidable record - the stats

  • Man City have progressed from all four of the previous Champions League two-legged knockout ties when they've won the first leg away from home.
  • Gabriel Jesus has scored in all five of his Champions League appearances in the last 16 for Manchester City, netting at this stage in each of his last four seasons.
  • Manchester City are the first team to keep a clean sheet in their first four away Champions League matches in a campaign since Manchester United did so in 2010-11.
  • Manchester City's Phil Foden featured in the Champions League knockout stage for a fourth time before turning 21, only the third player to do so in the competition's history after Cesc Fabregas (2004-05 - 2007-08) and Theo Walcott (2006-07 - 2009-10), who both did so with Arsenal.

Player of the match

João CanceloJoão Cancelo

with an average of 8.05

Borussia Mönchengladbach

  1. Squad number25Player nameBensebaini
    Average rating

    5.33

  2. Squad number8Player nameZakaria
    Average rating

    5.31

  3. Squad number28Player nameGinter
    Average rating

    5.29

  4. Squad number18Player nameLainer
    Average rating

    5.20

  5. Squad number1Player nameSommer
    Average rating

    5.19

  6. Squad number30Player nameElvedi
    Average rating

    5.15

  7. Squad number14Player namePlea
    Average rating

    5.05

  8. Squad number6Player nameKramer
    Average rating

    4.97

  9. Squad number23Player nameHofmann
    Average rating

    4.93

  10. Squad number32Player nameNeuhaus
    Average rating

    4.93

  11. Squad number13Player nameStindl
    Average rating

    4.85

  12. Squad number36Player nameEmbolo
    Average rating

    4.75

  13. Squad number10Player nameThuram
    Average rating

    4.68

  14. Squad number19Player nameLazaro
    Average rating

    4.61

  15. Squad number11Player nameWolf
    Average rating

    4.54

Manchester City

  1. Squad number27Player nameJoão Cancelo
    Average rating

    8.05

  2. Squad number20Player nameBernardo Silva
    Average rating

    8.01

  3. Squad number3Player nameRúben Dias
    Average rating

    7.49

  4. Squad number47Player nameFoden
    Average rating

    7.36

  5. Squad number8Player nameGündogan
    Average rating

    7.35

  6. Squad number14Player nameLaporte
    Average rating

    7.20

  7. Squad number31Player nameEderson
    Average rating

    7.17

  8. Squad number2Player nameWalker
    Average rating

    7.12

  9. Squad number10Player nameAgüero
    Average rating

    7.05

  10. Squad number9Player nameGabriel Jesus
    Average rating

    7.05

  11. Squad number16Player nameRodri
    Average rating

    6.93

  12. Squad number26Player nameMahrez
    Average rating

    6.81

  13. Squad number21Player nameTorres
    Average rating

    6.65

  14. Squad number7Player nameSterling
    Average rating

    6.48

Line-ups

B Mgladbach

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Sommer
  • 18LainerSubstituted forLazaroat 63'minutes
  • 28Ginter
  • 30Elvedi
  • 25Bensebaini
  • 8Zakaria
  • 6Kramer
  • 32Neuhaus
  • 23HofmannSubstituted forWolfat 87'minutes
  • 13StindlSubstituted forEmboloat 74'minutes
  • 14PleaSubstituted forThuramat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Lang
  • 7Herrmann
  • 10Thuram
  • 11Wolf
  • 15Beyer
  • 16Traoré
  • 17Wendt
  • 19Lazaro
  • 21Sippel
  • 24Jantschke
  • 31Grün
  • 36Embolo

Man City

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 31Ederson
  • 2Walker
  • 3Rúben Dias
  • 14Laporte
  • 27Cancelo
  • 16Rodri
  • 8Gündogan
  • 7SterlingSubstituted forMahrezat 69'minutes
  • 20Bernardo Silva
  • 47FodenSubstituted forTorresat 80'minutes
  • 9Gabriel JesusSubstituted forAgüeroat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Stones
  • 10Agüero
  • 11Zinchenko
  • 13Steffen
  • 17De Bruyne
  • 21Torres
  • 22Mendy
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 26Mahrez
  • 33Carson
  • 50García
  • 69Doyle
Referee:
Artur Manuel Soares Dias

Match Stats

Home TeamB MgladbachAway TeamMan City
Possession
Home39%
Away61%
Shots
Home3
Away9
Shots on Target
Home1
Away4
Corners
Home0
Away1
Fouls
Home7
Away4

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Borussia Mönchengladbach 0, Manchester City 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Borussia Mönchengladbach 0, Manchester City 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Hannes Wolf (Borussia Mönchengladbach) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ferran Torres (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kyle Walker.

  5. Post update

    Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Ramy Bensebaini (Borussia Mönchengladbach).

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Borussia Mönchengladbach. Hannes Wolf replaces Jonas Hofmann because of an injury.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ferran Torres.

  9. Post update

    João Cancelo (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Denis Zakaria (Borussia Mönchengladbach).

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester City. Ferran Torres replaces Phil Foden.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester City. Sergio Agüero replaces Gabriel Jesus.

  13. Post update

    Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Marcus Thuram (Borussia Mönchengladbach).

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Phil Foden (Manchester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Ilkay Gündogan with a headed pass.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jonas Hofmann (Borussia Mönchengladbach) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Florian Neuhaus.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Borussia Mönchengladbach. Breel Embolo replaces Lars Stindl.

  18. Post update

    Foul by João Cancelo (Manchester City).

  19. Post update

    Lars Stindl (Borussia Mönchengladbach) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester City. Riyad Mahrez replaces Raheem Sterling.

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