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Borussia Monchengladbach and Manchester City meet in the knockout phase of the Champions League for the first time on Wednesday.
Monchengladbach will not enjoy the privilege of playing at Borussia-Park. Due to the continuous restrictions placed on English travelers, the match will take place at the Puskas Arena in Budapest.
Gladbach’s wobble on various fronts continued last weekend when they succumbed to a shocking 2-1 loss to relegation-threatened Mainz 05.
The Foals have now failed to win four of their five previous competitive games (D2, L2), including the last four. It’s not the kind of statistic that Marco Rose’s team will be looking to stop at before meeting one of the best European teams right now.
A 2-0 loss to Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League in November 2020 was a wake-up call for Manchester City. Since then, the Sky Blues have amassed an intimidating 25-game unbeaten streak in all competitions (22 wins, 3 draws), winning each of the last 18.
Pep Guardiola’s substantial investments in his bottom line have paid off, with City keeping a clean sheet in 18 of their last 25 competitive games.
Borussia Monchengladbach preview
Mönchengladbach has sealed a place in the knockout phase of the most prestigious club tournament for the first time in 43 years.
The Foals have only had two wins in their nine Champions League games at home (D3, L4) despite hitting the net in each.
Marco Rose’s men have scored within the last 15 minutes of the first half in each of their three home games in the competition this season.
Gladbach eliminated Manchester City from the 1978/79 UEFA Cup quarter-finals in their only tie prior to two games.
Manchester City preview
Manchester City did light work in Group C, securing their place in the knockout stage with three games to play (W5, D1).
City’s account of a single goal conceded in their six group stage games is second to none in this period. They have also kept a clean sheet on each of their three European trips.
The Sky Blues, seasoned European champions, have booked their place in the knockout stages of the Champions League for the eighth consecutive season.
Guardiola’s men have advanced to the quarterfinals in each of their last three attempts. They have won their away games in each of those round of 16 ties by a 9-3 aggregate score.
Marcus Thuram, who scored a double against Real Madrid in the group stage, should be back in top form just in time to take on City. There are no other notable absences for the home team, for Daily mail.
Nathan Ake is the only confirmed absentee from City, and Guardiola is expected to hit the Germans with full force.
Borussia Monchengladbach (3-5-2): Yann Sommer; Matthias Ginter; Ramy Bensebaini; Nico Elvedi; Stefan Lainer; Jonas Hofmann; Christoph Kramer; Florian Neuhaus; Valentino Lázaro; Lars Stindl; Marcus Thuram.
Manchester City (4-3-3): Ederson; Kyle Walker; John Stones; Ruben Dias; Benjamin Mendy; Ilkay Gundogan; Rodri; Kevin De Bruyne; Raheem Sterling; Bernardo Silva; Sergio Aguero.
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