Match & Player Analysis



Published 2 months ago Feb 25, 2021

By Pulkit

Manchester City won 2-0 away defeating Borussia Mönchengladbach in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League round of 16 match. The goals came from Bernardo Silva in the 29th minute and Gabriel Jesus in the 65th minute. The team were dominant from the start, and completely outplayed the Germans, showing their class. The team now has 19 wins in a row in all competitions, a massive record for Guradiola. 

The manager decided not to start Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyme due to their injury issues, but it didn’t feel like they were needed, since other players like Foden, and Jesus stepped up. Mönchengladbach did not look threatening at all, as they could not play only. Joao Cancelo was firing on all fronts from the left, since Walker played on the right, and was yet again, a key for Pep. 

Manchester City won their 12th consecutive away match in all competitions, breaking the record run for an English top-flight side which was previously set by Man City themselves in November 2017. City are the first team to keep a clean sheet in their first four away UEFA Champions League matches in a campaign since Manchester United did so in 2010-11. City have faced just nine shots across their four away UEFA Champions League games this season, with four of those on target and their opponents having just 13 touches in their box in the four games.

Phil Foden played in the UCL knockout stage for the 4th season before turning 21 – only the 3rd player to achieve that, along with Cesc Fabregas (2004-2008) and Theo Walcott (2006-2010). Gabriel Jesus has scored in all five of his UEFA Champions League appearances in the last 16 for Manchester City, netting at this stage in each of his last four seasons.

Man City boss Pep Guardiola post match: “In this competition we have many chances and we have to be more clinical.

“In general the performance was good: we controlled the game, unfortunately today we were not clinical enough up front.

“It is something we have to improve in this competition.

“When I see Bayern Munich yesterday I would not think think so.

“My target is just West Ham (on Saturday). If the people say that we have to accept that, it is no problem, we accept it.”

Man City play high flying West Ham in the Premier League on Saturday, and it will be a cracker of a game. 


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