On the way to the end of February, City still shows no signs of weakness. Oblivious to any slip, he changed his suit but did not betray himself this time in Europe. It was the same as in England, a team that governs every match no matter who is in front of it. For Gladbach the first leg in Budapest was an ordeal, condemned to survive and desperately chase a ball that never belonged to him. The 0-2 was only the reflection of superiority from start to finish.
Guardiola separated Rúben Days of Stones, substitute in Champions. Located I cancel on the left and also sat De Bruyne. A luxury available to few on the continent, proof that this team has to finally commit to being a candidate. There was hardly any dispute against a Gladbach forced to run and run because the dominance was always the Manchester team, a pact in advance every time someone has to face this City.
A little tempting scenario. The box Marco Rose He was not intimidated from the start, faithful to want to leave in order from behind. It happens that none of their passes had too much future, frustrated by the suffocating pressure of a City that short-circuited Gladbach. Is so worked by Guardiola that each player knows what to do at all times, when to jump or when to wait. And faced with such a sophisticated strategy, it was a matter of time before a German error arrived.
It was in a bad pass from Kramer, recovered by I cancel. Another of the proper names of the season in Manchester. From Portuguese to Portuguese, the winger found Bernardo silva and his compatriot finished off a head Sommer the one who caught the wrong foot. Prize for the insistence of a City with less flow in terms of opportunities but as determined as ever to make the night one of its usual monologues that end up despairing of its enemies.
Giving five consecutive passes was a miracle for a Gladbach without much initiative. However, he stood up for a long time because in the absence of play he was supportive, before and after the 0-1. Gabriel Jesus he spared his rival, slow and innocent, in a play in which he proved that he was never an infallible battering ram. Although the Brazilian had the revalidation and knew how to give the final blow after another center of I cancel to the second stick, kneaded by Bernardo silva and holed by the 9.
Task made for a City that does not lose the waterproof label, not even in the Champions League. You know you have had an outstanding debt for many years and you do not want to miss another opportunity. In Budapest he practically sentenced the tie against a Gladbach who only finished once to Ederson. Poor balance to face what now seems the best team in Europe. Although that, like every season, has to be endorsed in May.
Borussia Mönchengladbach, 0
Sommer; Elvedi, Zakaria, Ginter; Lainer (Lazaro, 63 ‘), Neuhaus, Kramer, Hofmann (Wolf, 86’), Bensebaini; Stindl (Embolo, 74 ‘), Plea (Thuram, 63’)
Coach: Marco Rose
Manchester City, 1
Ederson; Walker, Rúben Dias, Laporte, Cancelo; Rodri, Gündogan, Foden (Ferran Torres, 80 ‘); Bernardo Silva, Sterling (Mahrez, 68 ‘), Gabriel Jesus (Agüero, 80’)
Coach: Pep Guardiola
Goals: 0-1, Bernardo Silva (28 ‘), 0-2, Gabriel Jesus (65’)
Referee: Artur Dias.