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Manchester City vs Borussia Mönchengladbach at Puskás Aréna

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Puskás Aréna Referee : Sergey Karasev
16th March 2021 8:00 PM (GMT)
  • 2 Manchester City

    • ‘12' Kevin De Bruyne
    • ‘18' Ilkay Gündogan
  • 0 Borussia Mönchengladbach

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23:07

Goodnight!

That's it for this evening's live coverage - thanks as always for your company.

You can check out all the match stats and reaction below.

There was so much to enjoy about tonight's performance and result, and now we can all look forward to Frida's quarter-final draw.

The immediate focus is all about Saturday's FA Cup quarter-final at Everton.

It's our last match before the international break and a big one with kick-off at Goodison Park slated for 5.30pm..

Hope you can join us then!

22:51

'I am impressed and delighted for our players'

 More from the boss:

"In football if you deserve to go through, you do. I am not concerned about the semi finals. When you think about what you have to win, not what you have to doโ€ฆ 

"This is why I am concerned only about Everton. No more than that.

"Saying that, I am incredibly impressed and delighted for our players that in this tough year to be 14 points clear in Premier League, the final of Carabao Cup and quarter finals of the Champions League and playing to get to the semis of FA Cup.

"It means for 9-10 months you are there. This is the best title you can get. Of course for the prestige we are here to win like all the clubs and at the end you have to try."

22:46

'We are going to celebrate the win'

Pep Guardiola:

"Today is good. We are going to celebrate it. Everybody is fit. But everything can change in one day. International break, we donโ€™t know how people will come back.

"We have Leicester, Champions League, Leeds, Champions League, I donโ€™t know what is going to happen.

"That is why we had to forget about the (FA Cup) quarter finals and just win the game. We have to do what we have done the previous seasons. If we deserve it we will go through against Everton if not we will be out."

22:30

Stat pack...๐Ÿ“ˆ

 ๐Ÿ”น Half of Borussia Monchengladbach's defeats (five of 10) in the Champions League have been against Manchester City.

 ๐Ÿ”น City have now scored more than 100 goals in each of their past eight seasons in all competitions, with only Manchester United (nine in a row between 2004-05 and 2012-13) having a longer run of consecutive seasons scoring 100+ goals among top-flight English teams.

 ๐Ÿ”น City are only the third team in Champions League history to keep seven consecutive clean sheets, after AC Milan (seven ending in April 2005) and Arsenal (10 ending in April 2006).

 ๐Ÿ”น Pep Guardiola has seen his teams score 100+ goals in all his 12 seasons as a manager, since 2008-09.

 ๐Ÿ”น Phil Foden has been directly involved in 20 goals in all competitions for City this season (11 goals, nine assists).

22:24

The Real thing

Also through to the quarter-finals are Real Madrid who overcame Atalanta 3-1 at the Bernabeu to seal a 4-1 aggregate win and book their last eight ticket.

22:21

'An incredible step forward for the team'

More from Pep Guardiola:

"We only conceded one goal against Porto - that is impressive. It's an incredible step forward for the team. Everyone runs a lot, not just the strikers.

"But it's important to understand that we defend with the ball. We have to be aggressive without the ball. All the teams right now, the quality they have, they can punish you."

22:19

The boss's verdict...๐Ÿ‘‡

Pep Guardiola's reaction:

"It was a good performance, we controlled the game from the beginning. This competition is tricky but after the two goals everything was easier - everyone in their position moved the ball quick.

"A lot of players like Phil Foden, Bernando Silva, they have a lot of quality, they help us a lot but everyone was so committed and we are delighted to be in the next stage."

22:17

Mad stat

City have now won 24 of their last 25 matches in all competitions. 

Since that 1-1 draw with West Brom on 15 December, Cityโ€™s 24 wins are at least seven more than any other side has managed in all competitions in the top-five European leagues.

Just remarkable figures.

22:14

Defence gives whole team confidence

KDB on City's clean sheet record:

"It's always important when you are stable as a defence and team. Obviously it gives the whole team confidence.

"It's really nice for Ederson and the defenders."

22:12

Game of patience

Kevin De Bruyne's full-time verdict:

"I think the start helps a lot but I think we were patient in the beginning and when we scored the two goals it gave us a cover.

"I think we controlled the game and had a few chances in the second half. Second half was less but understandable with the games we played."

22:03

A complete performance

Kevin Horlock's full time verdict:

"It looked really comfortable, Pep rotated and rested players, it was a really pleasing game on the eye. I suppose the one thing weโ€™d like is more goals, we get greedy donโ€™t we!

"But it was a complete performance with no injuries."

22:00

Total control

Nedum Onuoha's full time verdict

"It was a great second half performance, there werenโ€™t any goals but they controlled it.

"City werenโ€™t giving anything away, on a different day it couldโ€™ve been a lot higher but City didnโ€™t need that today."

21:54

Mean machine

City are now on the second longest run in Champions League history without conceding a goal - we have overtaken Juventus tonight - 11hrs and 35 minutes since we last conceded.

โ€‹Only Arsenal in 2006 have gone on a longer run, which was over 16 hours when they didn't concede until the final
 

21:50

Sweet 16

That's it full time. A superb night's work from City.

2-0 on the night. 4-0 on aggregate and we go into the hat for Friday's quarter-final draw!!

87'

Foden just delivered an incredible 50 yard crossfield pass from one wing to another.

Mahrez gathered instantly and danced through two defenders before finally being dispossessed.

Wonderful natural ability.

78'

Not lost it

Fernandinho just waltzed his way through three Gladbach players.

He makes it look effortless, anything but however.

Years of experience at work there.

78'

Closer...

Gladbach still having a go to their credit and substitute Wolf lashes in a shot from 20 yards which just has too much purchase on it.

Think Ederson would have had that covered though to be fair.

73'

Cruise control

Very much about containment and control now.

Still a lot of important football to be played this season so conserving energy where possible is vital.

Open
65'

Sommer save

City sweep forward in an instant and the Gladbach keeper does well to get down low and deny Riyad Mahrez's as he turns and shoots from just outside the box.

Open
63'

City changes

Zinchenko on for Cancelo and Fernandinho on for Rodrigo, Pep ringing the changes perhaps with one eye on Saturday's FA Cup quarter-final at Everton.

59'

Waiting game...

City content to keep possession, keep stretching Borussia and wait for the opening.

Like a coiled spring just waiting to explode one feels.

56'

Chance

City were exposed there for the first time, we fail to deal with a corner the ball ricochets around and Bensebaini sends his effort wide.

49'

Off target

Another fine City move opens up the Gladbach defence but on this occasion Riyad Mahrez is off target with his shot after latching on to Gundogan's through ball.

More panic at the heart of the German back line.


HT

Squad goals... โšฝ

So many standout individual displays in that firs half.

Gundogan, De Bruyne, Foden, Mahrez, Bernardo... and that's just for starters!

HT

'Doing what we hoped they would'

Nedum Onuoha's view:

"Theyโ€™re doing what we hoped theyโ€™d do regarding football, managing a Champions League tie and doing what is required to win games at the highest level."

HT

'City are spoiling us'

 Kevin Horlock's half time verdict:

"That first half performance was sublime. Weโ€™re spoilt, you wonโ€™t see many better goals, they were quality for different reasons. An unbelievable half. Pep will just be hoping to ease through now with no injuries."

HT

We're Not Really Here ๐Ÿ“บ

Time to hear what Nedum Onuoha and Kevin Horlock thought of the first half.

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

43'

Gearing up.

To their credit Gladbach have kept seeking to apply themselves but you just feel that City when required can just flick through the gears.

So much of that first 45 minutes has been sublime.


41'

Close!

Thuram does well and feeds a superb ball through to Embolo who finds space on the left of the City box and sends a shot narrowly wide.

The Swiss striker has been a handful all night.

38'

Engine room

Watching City sprint and work every inch of the pitch its easy to forget how demanding this season has been with the side facing three games almost every week.

Remarkable powers of recovery.

Open
34'

City free-kick

Bernardo is fouled on the edge of the box and Sommer does well to guide De Bruyne's dipping swerving free-kick behind for a corner.

Open
33'

Ederson save

To be fair Borussia move forward and the ball is worked to Thuram on the left edge of the box.

He arcs in a shot which Ederson dives to save.

30'

No entry

Must be a fairly demoralizing prospect for the Gladbach players.

The pressure from City is incessant. There is a wall of blue bearing down on the German players every time they look to break out of the box.

29'

Work station

The speed of movement is dazzling at times.

A reminder that City work so hard with and without the ball.

It looks easy to execute - but the only the very best teams crack that conundrum.

28'

Nearly...

Ilkay was almost in again.

Another brilliant move from deep sees Mahrez and De Bruyne exchange passes and the ball is fed through to Gundogan but he just can't get sufficient purchase on the ball as he closes in on Sommer.


25'

Blue heaven ๐Ÿ’™

City are purring like a well oiled machine tonight.

All the components complementing each other perfectly from one to eleven.

It's just a joy to watch when we play like this.

Except for the opposition that is!


20'

Masterful

A master class of how to play football.

So easy on the eye but so difficult to execute.

A reminder that it's 4-0 on aggregate now. Could be a long old night for Gladbach.

18'

A thing of beauty

A superb team goal - patient build-up stretched Borussia this way and that before Phil Foden's slide rule pass put Gundogan in behind the defence and he finished in style.

Beautiful to watch

13'

100 up!!

KDB picked up the ball from Mahrez on the edge of the area, and hit it first time from 20 yards with his left foot.

It's our 100th goal of the season and what a way to bring up the ton!

Jus brilliant!

11'

Almost...

A superb sweeping City move up the left flak ends with a De Bruyne cross being just too high for Foden.

Deserved better - a treat for the eyes with instinctive one touch football at its free flowing best.

Open
8'

Ederson save

Now the Germans mount an attack and Ederson needs to be alert to dive and tip Embolo's effort behind.

A reminder that the Germans are no slouches.

Open
7'

Great save

Brillian work from Sommer in the Borussia goal to deny Foden who latched onto Cancelo's superb through ball.

An instinctive flick from Foden but the Borussia keeper was equal to the task.

19:54

A reminder of how we line up tonight...

19:48

Shackles off for Gladbach?

Kevin Horlock on Gladbach:

"Thuram comes in, heโ€™s a goal threat. Theyโ€™re not in great form so whether theyโ€™ve shuffled round for a formula.

"They probably see this as a game where they can let the shackles off, it's a break from the league so will  they play with freedom?

"Do they come out and play City like Fulham did but lose 3-0 or sit in like they did last time, which is tiring?"

19:44

Stat attack (part two)...๐Ÿ“ˆ

 ๐Ÿ”น Borussia Monchengladbach have never previously won away to English opponents in the European Cup/Champions League (drawn one, lost three), while they have conceded eight goals in the last two trips - 4-2 in 2015-16 and 4-0 in 2016-17, both against Manchester City.

 ๐Ÿ”น Since the start of the 2016-17 season, Raheem Sterling has scored 13 goals in home games for City in the Champions League (19 appearances) - the most of any player for the club and also the most by an English player in the competition in this period.

 ๐Ÿ”น City striker Sergio Aguero has scored 19 goals in 28 Champions League games during Pep Guardiola's time in charge. If he finds the net in this game, he would equal Thomas Muller (20) and trail only Lionel Messi (43) for most goals scored in the competition under Guardiola.

19:39

A chance to build confidence

Nedum Onuoha on City's incentive:

"Itโ€™s a chance of building confidence in the knockouts of the Champions League, if you play well you might be in the team for the next game.

"You have to play well, itโ€™s Pep Guardiola, if you drop your standards youโ€™re out the team."

19:31

Pep - It's only half-time

Pep Guardiola has warned that there is still a tough 90 minutes to navigate tonight in Budapest:

"We arrive here all together and weโ€™ll do a  good game today. Every manager chooses the team he hopes to win.

"Champions League is two games, two legs. We got a good result in he first one but itโ€™s still 90 minutes.

 "I know the German teams perfectly, the physicality, the speed, the space they have up front and we have to do a good 90 minutes to try to win the game.

"The target is to win the game and after we will see what happens."

19:27

'A potential all-time great?'

Kevin Horlock on Phil Foden's incredible talent:

"He's an incredible talent, he's still got so much to learn, his career could go anywhere, but I donโ€™t mean that in terms of clubs, he's at the best club with the best manager!

"He could be one of the all-time greats in my option. He potentially plays central and I think heโ€™s more effective there, he can go either way and be a real goal threat."

19:23

A nightmare for the opposition!

Kevin Horlock's pre-match view:

"We all know City have a lot of the ball, so having more bodies in there causes havoc.

"Normally in a 4-3-3 you think โ€˜okay youโ€™ve got three midfielders up against youโ€™ but thereโ€™s so many grey areas, people popping up in different areas, it must be a nightmare!

"In Pep we trust!"

19:19

Stat attack...๐Ÿ“ˆ

The pre-match stats and facts do make for encouraging reading, it has to be said:

 ๐Ÿ”น Manchester City are unbeaten in our five games against Borussia Monchengladbach in the Champions League (won four, drawn one), scoring at least two goals in each of our four victories

 ๐Ÿ”น Borussia's previous trip to City ended in their joint-heaviest defeat away from home in the Champions League (4-0).

 ๐Ÿ”น Since losing three consecutive home games in the competition between March and September 2018, City have won 10 of our last 11 Champions League home outings (drawn one) - averaging 3.5 goals per game in this run.

19:16

Forward march

Nedum Onuoha on our possible formation:

"I think he last time I saw Phil Foden as the false nine was against Liverpool so I expect him to adopt the position but these guys are so intelligent that they just need to understand the role. 

"Pep teaches people how he wants them to play, so yes it might be Foden but it might be Bernardo or Mahrez which is great credit to them."

19:14

Total admiration

 

Monchengladbach boss Marco Rose was more than effusive in his praise for City - and the task facing his players in his pre-match press conference.

Asked if his side could overturn the 2-0 deficit from the first leg, Rose said: "It would be more than extraordinary, it would be a sensation.

"Pep has them playing almost Total Football."

19:08

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. 

Skipper Kevin De Bruyne could join Ilkay Gundogan and Rodrigo in midfield, with the Spaniard sitting deepest and allowing his colleagues to thrive further forward. 

That would see Bernardo Silva, Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez  form the attacking trident though the beauty of Pep's multi talented and flexible squad is that all the players are comfortable switching position!

19:00

Live now โ˜๏ธ

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

Nedum Onuoha and Kevin Horlock are tonight's guests and, as always, you can get involved using #WNRH on Twitter.

18:54

Zinchenko's praise for Gladbach

Oleksandr Zinchenko said he and his City colleagues were full of admiration for the quality of our Bundesliga opponents.

โ€œAt this stage, all teams are quite strong and have a lot of quality players. Especially if we are talking about Borussia Monchengladbach.

โ€œThey organise well defensively. It is not easy to create chances against these kinds of teams. It is never easy at this stage.

โ€œAnd, of course, at this stage of the Champions League it is always a tough game. Thatโ€™s why we have to organise well and do our best.โ€

18:45

Here's how we line up tonight... โšฝ๏ธ

Pep Guardiola makes five changes for tonightโ€™s Champions League clash.

Kyle Walker, Ilkay Gundogan, Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez all come into the starting eleven from the side which won 3-0 at Fulham on Saturday.

CITY XI: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Stones, Cancelo, Rodrigo, Gundogan, De Bruyne (c), Bernardo, Foden, Mahrez

Subs: Steffen, Carson, Ake, Sterling, Jesus, Aguero, Zinchenko, Laporte, Torres, Mendy, Fernandinho, Garcia

18:30

Focus is the key for Guardiola

Pep Guardiola revealed at Monday's pre-match press conference how his team will be aiming for another victory, rather than attempting to protect our 2-0 lead.

โ€œWe have to play the game like we did against Fulham and Southampton, not like against United.

โ€œPlay and win the game. Focus on winning the game - this is our target.

โ€œI know the quality they have. It starts with Sommer and finishes with Thuram. Like all teams they have had bad moments.

โ€œIt is a final. They have nothing to lose. I am sure they will try to overcome the situation.

โ€œI have incredible respect for Gladbach and Marco [Rose]. They have weapons and they know how to use it. I want to see the team try to win the game.

18:23

Home away from home

Quick reminder that though we are playing in Hungary this evening, it is actually our home game.

However, as with last month's first leg, due to COVID-19 regulations in Germany and England it was decided to play the game in Budapest for safety reasons.

18:14

Clean bill of health

With the games coming thick and fast, the good news is that Pep Guardilola has a full fit squad to choose from.

With Nathan Ake back in full training after his muscular injury, a 23-man City squad has jetted out to Budapest for the game.

Given the hectic schedule ahead of us we're going to need all the players as we navigate what promises to be a busy and thrilling last two months of the season.

18:07

It's your shout! ๐Ÿ“ฑ

As always we want to hear your views ahead of the big game.

Do get in touch with us using the hashtag #WNRH and we'll try to include your views on the live show!

18:02

TUNE IN ๐Ÿ“บ

Nedum Onuoha and Kevin Horlock will be tonight's special guests on our We're Not Really Here Matchday show as we take on Borussia Monchengladbach.

The pair - who amassed nearly 350 City appearances between them - will join presenter Cel Spellman in the City TV studio to provide expert analysis and opinion on our Champions League Round of 16 clash.

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!

17:58

It's matchday! โšฝ

Good evening and a very warm welcome to the Matchday Centre for the second 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 have been in magnificent form and with a 2-0 lead from last month's first leg, hopefully we can secure our ticket through to the quarter-final stage.

Stay tuned to find out!

14:58

Pep [on our approach v Gladbach]

โ€œWe have to play the game like we did against Fulham and Southampton, not like against United.

โ€œPlay and win the game. Focus on winning the game - this is our target.

โ€œI know the quality they have. It starts with Sommer and finishes with Thuram. Like all teams they have had bad moments.

โ€œIt is a final. They have nothing to lose. I am sure they will try to overcome the situation.

โ€œI have incredible respect for Gladbach and Marco [Rose]. They have weapons and they know how to use it. I want to see the team try to win the game.โ€

12:12

Sterling record

Since the start of the 2016-17 season, Raheem Sterling has scored 13 goals in home games in the Champions League (19 appearances) - the most of any player for the club and also the most by an English player in the competition in this period.

CLASS. 

12:07

We're Not Really Here

Nedum Onuoha and Kevin Horlock will appear on our We're Not Really Here Matchday show as we take on Borussia Monchengladbach this evening. 

The pair - who amassed nearly 350 City appearances between them - will join presenter Cel Spellman in the City TV studio to provide expert analysis and opinion on our Champions League Round of 16 clash.

We head into the second leg with the advantage, after defeating the German side 2-0 in the first game of the tie.

It all starts right here at 18:55 UK time. 

Other games that day

  • Real Madrid3
    Atalanta1
    FT

As it stood

P GD Pts
2 FC Porto 6 +7 13
3 Olympiakos 6 -8 3
4 Marseille 6 -11 3
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