Manchester City dominate Borussia Monchengladbach for two-goal lead in Champions League knockout
Manchester City dominated Borussia Monchengladbach to take control of their Champions League round-of-16 tie with a 2-0 first-leg win in Budapest.
Pep Guardiola’s side controlled much of the game – which was hosted in Hungary due to Covid-19 restrictions – and took a deserved lead when Bernardo Silva nodded home Joao Cancelo’s excellent cross on 28 minutes.
The Premier League leaders continued to boss proceedings without converting that control into goals, but the second did finally come when Cancelo and Silva combined in similar fashion in the second half. This time the angle was slightly wider for Silva, who nodded back across goal for Gabriel Jesus to finish.
City, playing for their eighth straight year in the Champions League knockout stages, pushed for a third that didn’t come, and Pep Guardiola was left looking slightly frustrated by a result that could have been far more convincing.
The teams will meet again at the Etihad on March 16 for the second leg, with Gladbach having a lot of work to do to get back into the tie.
Talking Point — Could City Win The Whole Thing?
They weren’t exactly put to the test by Gladbach, but City are in such sensational form that you wouldn’t bet against them winning the Champions League for the first time come May.
Their quality is so high and squad is so deep that it’s going to take something special to stop them, even when the tougher tests arrive in the later rounds.
Man Of The Match — Joao Cancelo (Man City)
City’s Portuguese full-back is a gem of a player and he again helped his side dominate possession by always offering an out-ball in his fluid role.
But it was his two superb crosses that earn him the man-of-the-match award. The first, hit with his right foot as he stepped in from the left, was so good that it was harder for Silva not to score, and the second wasn’t far off either.
He’s always been good, but Cancelo has developed into something truly special this season under Guardiola’s tutelage.