England’s Premier League leaders Manchester City made easy work of Germany’s Borussia Monchengladbach in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie.
Manchester City have won 24 of their last 25 games in all competitions with that one defeat coming at the hands of neighbours Manchester United in the Premier League.
City’s 24 wins are at least 7 more than any other side has managed in all competitions in Europe’s top 5 leagues!
Monchengladbach have now lost 5 games against City in the Champions League, which is half of the club’s total number of losses in the competition.
City have now officially scored 100+ goals in 8 consecutive seasons in all competitions. Only Manchester United have managed to do this for a longer spell from 2004 to 2013 under Sir Alex Ferguson amongst all English teams.
Manchester City 2-0 Borussia Monchengladbach
Man City cruised past the Germans in the round of 16 after a comfortable 2-0 victory at the Puskas Arena in Budapest, Hungary in the 2nd leg of their UEFA Champions League tie.
City controlled the game as expected and dictated the tempo as they pretty much settled the game inside the first 20 minutes itself.
Kevin De Bruyne opened the scoring for Pep Guardiola’s side in the 12th minute as Algerian captain Riyad Mahrez picked up the assist.
Mahrez simply rolled the pass into De Bruyne’s path at the edge of the box, which the Belgian star connected on perfectly to launch it into the top left corner of the goal giving Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer no chance of stopping the ball from finding the back of the net.
It did not take long for City to double their lead as German midfielder Ilkay Gundogan joined the party after Phil Foden’s brilliant individual run saw him layoff the perfect pass for his teammate to put into the goal in the 18th minute of the game.
This put City up 4-0 on aggregate after they beat Gladbach 2-0 in the first leg as well.
City are now through to the quarterfinals and Pep Guardiola will be hopeful to win it all this time as they do look like the team to beat this year.
City are one of the 6 teams to have qualified for the last 8 in Europe’s top flight alongside Borussia Dortmund, FC Porto, Liverpool, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid.
Bayern Munich are going to be likely to fill in one of the remaining 2 spots and it is too close to call between Chelsea and Atletico Madrid at the moment.
Man City boss Pep Guardiola was very pleased
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola told BT Sport: “It was a good performance. We controlled the game from the beginning.
“Players like Phil Foden, Bernardo Silva have a lot of quality. They help us a lot but everyone was so committed and we’re delighted to be in the next stage.
“We now have everybody fit. That’s why we can rotate six or seven players. If you want to compete for competitions you have to be fresh. The seasons are so long, we haven’t had one long week [off] since October.”
Manchester City head to Goodison Park in Liverpool next to face Everton on Saturday in the FA Cup whereas Borussia Monchengladbach will turn their attention to the Bundesliga where they languish in 10th and are on the verge of missing out European football next season altogether.