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Manchester City 2-0 Borussia Monchengladbach: 5 talking points as Cityzens ease into quarterfinal | UEFA Champions League 2020-21 




Goals in the first half by Kevin de Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan helped Manchester City achieve a 2-0 UCL win over Borussia Monchengladbach on Tuesday.

The hosts held a 2-0 lead from the first game, but despite this healthy lead, Pep Guardiola took no risks, several of his key players were resting for last weekend’s win over Fulham.

The Manchester City manager has appointed a full-fledged squad to clash with the Bundesliga team, and De Bruyne, Riyad Mahrez, Ilkay Gundogan and Phil Foden have returned to the starting line-up.

Not surprisingly, Manchester City started the match with their front legs. They went ahead already in the 12th minute through a beautiful finish by captain De Bruyne.

Riyad Mahrez found the Belgian international in the smallest space on the edge of the area and inserted him with an unstoppable left-footed twist into the top post.

Etihad’s clothing doubled the lead shortly after the thunder break ended with a covert pass from Phil Foden, sending Gundogan on goal. The finish of the German international with one touch slipped away from Yann Sommer and entered the back of the net.

This led to a 4-0 increase for Manchester City. From then on, they played the game at their own pace, while Monchengladbach rarely threatened.

The closest goal was scored in the first half when Marcus Thuram and Breel Embolo combined for the Swiss national team in the 40th minute and sent a shot from a small width.

The second half continued in the same way, while Manchester City dominated the possession. However, they failed to find a second goal, with De Bruyne, Mahrez and Raheem Sterling everyone is approaching.

Guardiola has made a number of changes in the last 15 minutes. Fernandinho, Sergio Aguero and Sterling all came to try the action, but none of them had a significant impact on the game.

Manchester City’s clean sheet meant that 11 hours and 3 minutes had now passed without conceding a goal in the Champions League. Thus, they overtook Juventus as the club with the second longest series of exclusions in the history of the competition.

With the victory, Manchester City secures its place in the quarterfinals UEFA Champions League, while Borussia Monchengladbach must now focus on the Bundesliga.

Here are five conversation points from the game.

# 5 The impressive Manchester City is still looking for a unique four

Manchester City are still fighting on four fronts
Manchester City are still fighting on four fronts

Manchester City went down in history two seasons ago as the first club in the history of English football to win domestic highs.

Their dominance on the domestic scene is almost unrivaled in the annals of the English game, but on the continent they have always lagged behind.

In the last few months, the Cityzens have stepped up on the pitch and are now champions in the Premier League. They also made it to the League Cup final, while Everton awaits in the FA Cup quarter-final.

Having secured progress in the last eight of UEFA’s Champions League, Pep Guardiola’s team must now overcome a quarter-final hurdle. In this widespread form, there are only a few clubs that can stop them in their quest for a quadruple.

# 4 Ilkay Gundogan continues an impressive run in front of goal

Gundogan scored the second goal for Manchester City
Gundogan scored the second goal for Manchester City

Injuries to key strikers, as well as Kevin De Bruyne, saw Ilkay Gundogan in a more advanced role in December, and he adjusted to the position like a water fish.

The German international responded with 11 goals in 12 Premier League games as he failed to score in any of his first six league games.

The goals have dried up since a minor groin injury ruled him out of the clash with Everton in mid-February. However, Gundogan returned among the goals in the win over Southampton.

He scored the second goal of the night against Monchengladbach, and the precision of his deft finish indicated his growing self-confidence in front of goal.

With Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus yet to reach full fitness and Raheem Sterling hesitating, the burden fell on Ilkay Gundogan to become a major threat to Manchester City.

It’s a responsibility he seemingly enjoys, which speaks well for Cityzen’s chances of success this season.

Posted March 17, 2021, 5:17 AM IST