Thursday, February 25, 2021

Champions League: Manchester City Close In On Quarters With Borussia Moenchengladbach Win


 Manchester City moved into the verge of this Champions League Quarter-finals using a 2-0 win over Borussia Moenchengladbach on Wednesday but trainer Pep Guardiola insisted that his group need to"be clinical up front". An initial half header in Bernardo Silva plus a Gabriel Jesus hit in the next phase of the previous 16 first leg tie stretched a winning streak by Guardiola's high-flying facet to 19 matches in all competitions. Premier League leaders City camped within the Gladbach half for the majority of the game, that has been transferred to Hungary because of Germany's Covid-19 traveling limitations.

Even though dominant, City took some time to break a Stubborn German defence, frequently foiled from the interceptions of Algeria left-back Ramy Bensebaini.

While Guardiola said later He was"happy" with the outcome, he included City"need to enhance" to battle for Champions League honours.

"We controlled the match. Unfortunately we were not clinical front, it's something we must improve in this particular competition, we were not great enough at the box, we did not dribble and take ," explained Guardiola.

"In this contest you need to be great to make certain you are able to go through," he explained.

Debutants At the Champions League knockout stages, Gladbach was advocated by trainer Marco Rose to become courageous against Guardiola's side.

France's Alassane Plea was nearly through on goal on 20 minutes following having a rare counterattack, but a nervy and deep-lying Gladbach finally succumbed to mounting strain at the 29th minute.

A sublime Inch-perfect cross by Portuguese guardian Joao Cancelo curled on the defence against the left to achieve his compatriot Silva who flicked his close-range header beyond Yann Sommer.

"We attempted to perform easy and never make mistakes. It is a great win for us, however it is not over yet," Silva told BT Sport.

"Each Time when he plays with (Silva) is an exceptional player, he is really good from the atmosphere, the aim was fantastic he ended it," explained Guardiola.

The 26-year-old Cancelo, remarkable during, almost doubled the lead five minutes from the break but his shot from just outside the box pinged within the pub.

Then early in the second half Jesus Have to have transformed after latching on to some badly manicured backpass by Bensebaini but saw his shot blocked by Korean defender Nico Elvedi.

Apart Out of a lunging backheel from Plea that flashed just wide of Ederson's much post about the hour mark, City easily comprised the Germans, also went up two at the 65th minute.

Still another royal cross-field pass By Cancelo again discovered Silva in Sommer's far post who this time headed back across the goalmouth to get Jesus to fire house and seal Town's 19th successive victory and sixth Champions League blank sheet in a row.

Gladbach, Who managed only 1 shot on goal throughout the match, an attempt by replacement Hannes Wolf saved by Ederson at the very last seconds, now confront a formidable job to turn across the tie at the return leg scheduled for March 16 at Manchester.

"We deservedly lost today against a Really strong group, you do not get Many opportunities against this opponent, we just could not strike more," explained Rose

"It might have been great to score in the end to be in a better place."


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