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Borussia Mönchengladbach vs Manchester City at Puskás Aréna

Puskás Aréna Referee : Artur Manuel Soares Dias
24th February 2021 8:00 PM (GMT)
  • 0 Borussia Mönchengladbach

  • 2 Manchester City

    • ‘29' Bernardo Silva
    • ‘65' Gabriel Jesus


Commentary By John Edwards



That's it for this evening's live coverage - you can check out all the match stats and reaction below.

There was plenty to enjoy about tonight's performance and result, which puts us in a commanding position ahead of next month's second leg.

It's onto West Ham now, who visit the Etihad Stadium on Saturday. Kick-off is at 12:30 (UK) and our live coverage will begin around two hours before.

Hope you can join us!


Pep Guardiola - Cancelo has huge quality

"He's playing really well. Sometimes in that position we have to control the risk but the quality he plays there when he drives with the ball, he is a player with huge quality. His physicality is overwhelming. He would be ready to play tomorrow and his two assists were brilliant."


Pep Guardiola - You have to be perfect in this competition

"In general, we controlled the game. Unfortunately today we were not clinical enough up front.

"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."


Gladbach's Florian Nehaus - We have to be braver in the second leg

"City played with a very high line and if weโ€™d been better with the final ball in behind, there might have been more in it for us. We have to be braver in the second leg.

โ€œManchester City were really good in possession, which meant we did a lot of running tonight. We had the odd chance in transition here and there but didnโ€™t execute them cleanly.โ€


Stat pack ๐Ÿ“ˆ

๐Ÿ”น City have progressed from all four of the previous Champions League two-legged knockout ties when we've won the first leg away from home.

๐Ÿ”น Bernardo Silva's opener was his 35th goal for Manchester City in all competitions, but only his third with a headed finish. 

๐Ÿ”น We 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.

๐Ÿ”น City have kept 24 clean sheets in all competitions this season - one more than we managed in the entirety of last season.  

๐Ÿ”น This was our 12th consecutive away win in all competitions, breaking the record run for an English top-flight side, which we previously set in November 2017.  


Bernardo - A great season for Cancelo

They looked like they had a telepathic understanding tonight...

"Heโ€™s an amazing player [Cancelo]. I played for seven years with him for Benfica. Weโ€™re from the same generation. The connection is good. He knows my timing and I know how good he is with the ball at his feet. It was a very good goal. His passing qualities and overall player as a players heโ€™s doing a great season and Iโ€™m so happy for him."


Bernardo - A good win

"It was a good game for us. I think a good win, a very important win as we know how important and tough this competition is as one mistake can mean that you are out. We tried to play simple, dominate the ball as we always do, to create chances and score goals. It is a good win."


The run continues

The City train rolls on!

๐Ÿ”น 19 wins in a row.

๐Ÿ”น Just six goals conceded in that time.

๐Ÿ”น 26 matches unbeaten.



Full-time: Gladbach 0-2 City

Bernardo and Jesus' goals give City a thoroughly deserved first leg victory in an extremely one-sided game that we controlled from start to finish.




Gladbach have waited more than 90 minutes but they finally get a clear goalscoring opportunity and City are grateful to Ederson.

Rodrigo completely misplaces a back pass and Wolf latches onto the loose ball and the Brazilian keeper is forced into a good save from his low drive.

A superb stop after being a spectator for much of the game!


Beaten away

 Bensebaini concedes a free-kick on the edge of the area after he fouls Mahrez. The Algerian takes responsibility, but his in swinging cross is punched away by Sommer.


VAR check

Hofmann breaks down the left for Gladbach and cuts into the area, where he collides with Cancelo.

The City full-back couldn't move out the way, but makes no contact with the ball and VAR is called into action.

No penalty.



A first involvement for Aguero and it's like he's never been away as City turn attack into defence in four passes.

The Argentine flicks a forward ball inside to Gundogan, before collecting the return pass and sending it out to Mahrez on the right.

The winger beats his full-back and squeezes a shot in from a tight angle, but it's straight at Sommer, who covers his near post and gathers comfortably.



Another wonderful Cancelo pass, another opportunity for City.

The full-back clips it forward to Gundogan, who shows his target man credentials with a cushioned header down for Foden, but the youngster doesn't make a clean connection with his half volley, which flies over the bar.



Gladbach had a decent spell of possession inside the City half then, but it ends with a rather hopeful cross into the box - where Thuram is their only player - and Laporte heads clear under no pressure. 


GOAL! Gladbach 0-2 City

There it is! Gabriel Jesus finishes off a fine move to double our lead.

Cancelo and Bernardo are again involved as the full-back sends another cross over to the far post and this time, the midfielder shows great awareness to nod the ball back into the six-yard box for Jesus to steer home.

A real poacher's finish from the Brazilian, who reacted quickest to beat his man to the ball.




Well, City had their warning and Gladbach are then inches away from equalising in audacious fashion.

That man Zakaria is again involved as he sends a cross in from the right. It's behind Plea, who is under presser from Dias, but he sticks out a foot and flicks the ball from behind his back, which bounces just past the post.

Ederson was scrambling across his line!



An EXTREMELY rare attack from Gladbach almost creates a shooting opportunity. 

 Zakaria gets away from Rodrigo and drives at the City defence, but he can't pick Plea out with his pass.


Extra man

Joao Cancelo is almost playing like a permanent deep-lying midfielder alongside Rodrigo.

It's a sign of City's control. We've had all of the ball and it's allowing Laporte to provide adequate cover for his full-back when moves inside. 

It looks a lot like a training exercise at times...



It probably should be 2-0.

Jesus intercepts a careless back pass from Bensebaini and races clear of Elvedi, but the defender recovers to make a saving block just as Jesus pulls the trigger. 

Guardiola look frustrated with that one!


Similar stuff

Gladbach have been starved of the ball and they look completely devoid of ideas when they get it. Kramer gets the ball in space in the middle of the park, with Laimer making a good burst forward down the right, but he doesn't spot him and turns back to goal before losing the ball.


Paul Dickov - More of the same

Our We're Not Really Here guest is predicting the home side will have to show more attacking intent after the break:

"They will have to come out and play, which plays into our hands. Theyโ€™re giving the ball away very cheaply when they get it. Pep will just say more of the same again and take our chances."


Kevin Horlock - Great goal!

The Bernardo/Cancelo combination gets Kev's approval!

"It was a great goal wasnโ€™t it, a great goal! It amazes me that they try to continue to play out because theyโ€™re getting stuck and playing into our hands.

"City were known for playing great football and the main bit was cut-backs, but I think thereโ€™s a new dimension now. We hit the areas where Bernardo scored from a lot now. It was a great goal."



We're Not Really Here ๐Ÿ“บ

Time to hear what Paul Dickov and Kevin Horlock thought of the first half.

I'd guess they'll be pretty happy...โ˜๏ธ


Gladbach 0-1 City

Bernardo's header the difference at half-time in a game City have completely dominated. 

Gladbach are yet to have a shot, which tells you everything you need to know.


Powerful but not precise

It's attack after attack here, with Foden the latest player to create an opportunity.

He dances inside on his favoured left foot and unleashes from the edge of the area, but it's well over the bar.



Foden finds Jesus on the right of the penalty area and the Brazilian carves a yard of space to send a low ball across the six-yard box, but Sterling was the wrong side of the defender, who hoofs clear.



No surprises here then - Joao Cancelo pops in midfield as he has done to wonderful effect this season. 

He plays a quick one two with Jesus and finds himself in space 25-yards from goal but his powerful effort flies well over the bar.


Injury concern

Kyle Walker goes down and requires attention from the City medical team after colliding with Bensebaini.

He's fine to continue though!


Different pages

Oh what might have been!

Sterling plays a pass inside for Jesus, who steps over the ball for Gundogan, but the German midfielder hadn't read the dummy and Gladbach clear.

Would have been a lovely move if that had come off!


GOAL! Gladbach 0-1 City


It's been coming and City have a deserved lead.

Cancelo checks inside and swings a pinpoint ball over to the far post, where Bernardo had drifted away from his marker to nod beyond Sommer.



Penalty claims

Raheem Sterling is convinced he's won a penalty there. He makes another good down the right but Bensebaini gets the slightest touch on the ball as he slides in to make a saving tackle.

The referee waved away the claims and was backed by VAR.



City have got the home side pinned in their own half and big switch from Walker creates another opportunity.

Foden collects the ball and releases Bernardo down the left and he drives a low cross into the area. With the pace on the ball it only needed a touch but there's no City player near it and Gladbach comfortably clear.



A warning for City as Gladbach nearly string enough passes together for a shooting opportunity.

It's worked wide to Lainer who is on oceans of space on the right and he fires a low cross into Plea on the edge of the area. The forward is in space, but Walker comes surging back to knock the ball away.

Great recovery from our No.2.


Crowded out

Three half chances in quick succession there! Rodrigo picks Jesus out with a wonderful ball, but the Brazilian can't get a shot off.

The same happens to Sterling and then Gundogan who is forced to pass back to Walker with a host of Gladbach defenders crowding the penalty area.



Rodrigo picks the ball up 25-yards from goal and spots Sterling's run inside. The Spaniard tries to squeeze a pass through to him but Kramer slides in to intercept.

Sterling would have been in the clear... 



The German's give the ball away inside their own half (which they've done a number of times already) and it allows Foden to release Bernardo down the left wing.

The Portuguese has time and space but elects to cross first time and it lacks the accuracy to pick anyone in a blue shirt out. 

All City so far.



The first real change of the game goes City's way as Phil Foden's low 20-yard effort calls Sommer into action.

Fairly comfortable for the Gladbach keeper.



City win our first corner and it's thanks to Sterling, who makes another good run inside of the right wing.

He's in space as he approaches the goal on the angle, but he takes to long getting his shot off and Ginter gets across to make the block.


Wing attack

Kyle Walker gets forward in support and feeds Raheem Sterling down the right. The winger drives down the dead ball line, but is shepherded out of play by the Gladbach full-back.



City work the ball wide to Joao Cancelo who checks inside and lumps the ball forward from deep, but it's straight down Sommer's throat in the Gladbach goal and he gathers comfortably. 

A reminder that you can listen live audio commentary from Alistair Mann and Michael Brown in the video at the top of this page.



Here we go then, the Champions League knockout stage starts here.

After taking the knee, Gabriel Jesus gets us under way in Budapest.



Nearly time!

Less than five minutes to go until we get under way at the Puskas Arena. Here's a final reminder on how the two teams line up this evening.

CITY: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo, Rodrigo, Gundogan, Bernardo, Sterling, Foden, Jesus.

GLADBACH: Sommer, Elvedi, Zakaria, Ginter, Lainer, Neuhaus, Kramer, Hofmann, Bensebaini, Plรฉa, Stindl.


City's best German?

Who's the best German to have played for City? The in-form Ilkay Gundogan would surely be near the top of people's lists.

Kevin Horlock's going for Uwe Rosler though!

"Iโ€™d go with Uwe Rosler. He scored goals and City fans loved him! He worked so hard and ran the channels. He was just a real nice character as well. Often lost in translation but he was a great lad. He scored some really good goals."


Kevin Horlock - You've got to rotate

This is our fifth game in a fortnight and, perhaps unsurprisingly, Guardiola has made five changes as he continues to manage a hectic fixture schedule.

Rotation is a no brainer for Kevin Horlock and he says the City players will have no issue with it: 

"Youโ€™ve got to do it. Thereโ€™s almost 60 odd games, so you canโ€™t expect not to rotate. Most players will end up playing 35 to 40 games, which is equivalent to a full season anyway. The big problem for Pep is if we get to the final then picking that team!

"These players want to be successful and want to win all the trophies on offer - to do that, you have to do it as a squad and I feel they all understand and recognise that. You need everybody, even the younger lads who make an appearance in the cup games."


Pep - They can change their shape

The boss has completed his pre-match media duties, where he told reporters he was wary of Gladbach's tactical switches:

"They can change their shape up the way they play. They make a good build up with Sommer and they link well with their strikers. They have the German style. All the teams at this stage are good.

"Every team is a new challenge and you have to do it as good as possible. We will try to do what we have to do. If the opponent is better, then we will accept it and see them again in 3 weeks."


We've met before

You won't have to cast your mind too far back to recall our previous Champions League meetings with Gladbach. We faced them in the 2015/16 and 2016/16 group stage and are unbeaten in four encounters (W3 D1).

However, can any of you remember our 1978/79 UEFA Cup quarter-final meeting? The Bundesliga outfit won that 4-2 on aggregate, following a 1-1 draw at Maine Road and 3-1 defeat in Germany. 

Let's hope for better tonight!


Paul Dickov - We're the best squad in Europea

Plenty of positivity from one of our We're Not Really Here guests!  

"I genuinely believe that this squad is the best squad in Europe and the best squad equipped to win the Champions League - if we keep everyone fit. I donโ€™t think weโ€™ll play any different way than we have all season. The way weโ€™re attacking, hopefully we can get a few away goals tonight."


Stat pack ๐Ÿ“ˆ

Stats don't tell us everything in football, but there's a few that paint a positive picture for City ahead of tonight's tie:

๐Ÿ”น We've not conceded a goal since Luiz Diaz's 14th minute opener for Porto in our first group stage game. That's 526 minutes without conceding.

๐Ÿ”น Guardiola's men have won each of our past three away games in the Champions League last 16 - 4-0 v Basel in February 2018, 3-2 v Schalke in February 2019 and 2-1 v Real Madrid in February 2020.

๐Ÿ”น We have scored 48 goals in our last 19 UEFA Champions League matches at a rate of 2.5 goals per game. Over the last three seasons our record is W18 D4 L3, with 64 goals scored and 22 conceded.


Live now โ˜๏ธ

One hour until we kick-off, which means it's time for everyone's favourite matchday show.

Paul Dickov and Kevin Horlock are tonight's guests and you can get involved using #WNRH on Twitter.


Talking tactics

Pep Guardiola has used a number of different formations during his time in charge, but it looks like we can expect his favoured 4-3-3 in Budapest this evening.

The back four is as you'd expect, with Cancelo moving over to left-back as Walker returns on the opposite side. 

Bernardo Silva should join Ilkay Gundogan and Rodrigo in midfield, with the Spaniard sitting deepest and allowing his colleagues to thrive further forward. 

Gabriel Jesus will lead the line up front, with Phil Foden and Raheem Sterling on either flank.


Just under 10 minutes until we're not really here starts. Here's a flavour of what to expect!


Gladbach team โšช๐Ÿ“‹

Top scorer Lars Stindle starts for Gladbach, who UEFA are predicting will line up in a 3-5-2 formation, but that could well look more like a 5-3-2 when City are in possession. 

XI: Sommer, Kramer, Zakaria, Stindl, Plea, Lainer, Hofmann, Bensebaini, Ginter, Elvedi, Nehaus.

SUBS: Sippel, Grun, Lang, Herrmann, Thuram, Wolf, Beyer, Traore, Wendt, Lazaro, Jantschke, Embolo.


Team news ๐Ÿ”ต๐Ÿ“‹

Pep Guardiola has made five changes to the side that started against Arsenal at the weekend. 

Kyle Walker, Rodrigo, Phil Foden, Gabriel Jesus and Aymeric Laporte, who makes his 100th appearance for the Club, all come into the starting XI.

They replace, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Fernandinho, Kevin De Bruyne, Riyad Mahrez and John Stones, who are all amongst the substitutes.

CITY: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo, Rodrigo, Gundogan, Bernardo, Foden, Sterling (C), Jesus.

SUBS: Steffen, Carson, Stones, Aguero, Zinchenko, De Bruyne, Torres, Mendy, Fernandinho, Mahrez, Garcia, Doyle.


Gundogan - Gladbach a strong side

German international Ilkay Gundogan is perhaps more familiar with tonight's opponents than most and he admits he has been impressed with what he's seen from them this season:

"Gladbach have the necessary quality and can play active, aggressive football. They have the right attitude and a good squad. Have a mix of players and are prepared to put in the work and in modern football you have to be able to.

"Qualifying for the Champions League comes from the work they have done in the last few years. Not everything works perfectly, thatโ€™s normal. On a good day, they can give anyone a game. They are a strong side."

Read more of his pre-match thoughts, here


Form guide ๐Ÿ“ˆ

City are on a 25 match unbeaten run in all competitions and come into this game on an 18 match winning streak.

We qualified for the knockout stage of the Champions League as Group C winners and went unbeaten in the group stage with five wins and one draw.

Monchengladbach have won two of their last six games and are currently eighth in the Bundesliga.

They finished second behind Real Madrid in Group B, which also contained Shakhtar Donetsk and Inter Milan and the German outfit won two, lost two and drew two of their six games.

This will be the fifth Champions League meeting between the two teams, with City having won three and drawn one of our previous encounters.


Pep Guardiola - We prepare as normal

More of the same is the message from the boss, who won't be deviating from the process which has yielded 18 consecutive wins.

"We will prepare like a normal game, like the others. We are not used to playing them because they play in Germany, but after that we will play our game and try to get a result like we have done so far. 

"We have to be focused for 90 minutes like we do in the Premier League. The only difference is the players don't know Monchengladbach players that well, so we have to introduce them. We need to know them a little better."

โ€œNothing special, we prepare like we have in the last months.โ€

Read his pre-match thoughts in full, here.


Injury news ๐Ÿค•

Nathan Ake is the only absentee for City as he remains sidelined by the muscular problem which has kept him out of our last 16 games.

However, the defender's condition is improving and he has started an individual training programme as he steps up his recovery. 

On Champions League nights, team news is released slightly earlier - one hour and 15 minutes before kick-off - so we'll bring you Pep's team at 18:45 (UK). 


BT Sport offer! ๐Ÿ“บ

Tonightโ€™s game, plus five others will be shown live on BT Sport in the next month and you can sign up for a BT Sport Monthly pass to get all six games for ยฃ25! *


*Available to UK viewers only.


Weโ€™re Not Really Here

Paul Dickov and Kevin Horlock are the guests on tonightโ€™s show, which makes for essential matchday viewing.

Our Wembley 1999 goalscorers join presenter Cel Spellman in the studio at the Etihad Stadium for the usual dose of opinion, analysis and storytelling.

The pre-match show begins at 19:00 (UK) and our panel will return at half-time for a brief summary of the opening 45 minutes and again at full-time for half an hour of post-match reaction.

And you can watch it all right here in the Matchday Centre โ€“ just keep an eye out at the top of this page!


It's matchday! โšฝ

Hello and welcome the Matchday Centre for the first leg of Manchester Cityโ€™s Champions League last 16 tie against Borussia Monchengladbach.

It's a 20:00 (UK) kick-off in Budapest, Hungary and from here on out weโ€™ll have live updates to guide you through the pre-match build-up, match action and post-match reaction.

Pep Guardiolaโ€™s side are on a sensational run and hopefully we can carry our domestic form onto the European stage.

Stay tuned to find out!

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2 Atlético de Madrid 6 -1 9
3 FC Red Bull Salzburg 6 -7 4
4 Lokomotiv Moscow 6 -5 3
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