City remain in contention for a famous quadruple this season, but the Champions League has proven elusive during Guardiola’s otherwise garlanded tenure, and the head coach played down their chances of sweeping all the honours earlier this week. “Four titles is a utopia,” he said. “It never happened before and I think it’s never going to happen. We just think about this one, then the next one at Goodison Park, then the international break.” It would certainly take something momentous, though, for Monchengladbach to deny City a place in the last eight, with the Bundesliga side desperately short of momentum, having lost their last six games in all competitions. Follow all the action live below:
MANCHESTER CITY 1-0 MONCHENGLADBACH (16’)
Embolo is involved again, teeing up Stindl for a shot. His effort is weak, though, and trickles harmlessly through to Ederson.
Callum Rice-Coates16 March 2021 20:17
MANCHESTER CITY 1-0 MONCHENGLADBACH (14’)
Gladbach look for a response as Thuram drives forward towards the edge of the box. He slips a pass towards Embolo, who’s crowded out as City defend in numbers.
Callum Rice-Coates16 March 2021 20:16
GOAL! MANCHESTER CITY 1-0 MONCHENGLADBACH (DE BRUYNE 12’)
Brilliant from De Bruyne! Gundogan clips a pass over the top for Mahrez, who cuts in from the right and opts to pass instead of shoot. He tees up De Bruyne, who rifles a left-footed shot past Sommer and in off the bar. An emphatic strike from the Belgian. City are now 3-0 up on aggregate and pretty much out of sight.
Callum Rice-Coates16 March 2021 20:13
MANCHESTER CITY 0-0 MONCHENGLADBACH (11’)
De Bruyne lifts a cross into the box from the left but it’s just too high for Foden. City continue to dominate. Other than that Embolo shot, Gladabach have been entirely passive.
Callum Rice-Coates16 March 2021 20:12
MANCHESTER CITY 0-0 MONCHENGLADBACH (9’)
Close! Gladbach win the ball in City’s half and quickly break. Embolo is fed through the middle, gets the ball out of his feet and fires off a shot from the edge of the box. It takes a deflection and forces Ederson to save at full stretch. The resulting corner comes to nothing.
Callum Rice-Coates16 March 2021 20:10
MANCHESTER CITY 0-0 MONCHENGLADBACH (7’)
Chance! Cancelo, drifting into a central area from the left, receives the ball from Walker and then clips a delicate pass over the top for Foden, who’s unmarked in the box. He prods a first-time effort towards the bottom left corner, but Sommer reacts well to parry it wide.
Callum Rice-Coates16 March 2021 20:08
MANCHESTER CITY 0-0 MONCHENGLADBACH (5’)
If any kind of comeback is to materialise here Gladbach will first need to get the ball off City. That’s proving difficult for them early on.
Callum Rice-Coates16 March 2021 20:06
MANCHESTER CITY 0-0 MONCHENGLADBACH (3’)
Gladbach are pressing very high up the pitch, clearly eager to get on the front foot. City don’t seem to be concerned and are already dominating possession.
Callum Rice-Coates16 March 2021 20:04
Gladbach get us underway!
Callum Rice-Coates16 March 2021 20:01
The players make their way out at the Puskas Arena. Liverpool beat RB Leipzig and Spurs won against Wolfsberger here. An equally positive result for City will send them through to the last eight of the Champions League…
Callum Rice-Coates16 March 2021 19:57
In case you missed the first leg…
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PEP GUARDIOLA SPEAKS TO BT SPORT
“Champions League is two legs. We got a good result in the first leg but there’s still 90 minutes. I know perfectly the German teams, the physicality, the speed. We have to do a good 90 minutes to win the game. It’s a game, 11 men against 11 men. It will be sensational for us to go through, too.”
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PEP GUARDIOLA ON CITY’S QUADRUPLE CHANCES
“Never happened before and I think it’s not going to happen. We’re just thinking of this one, and after the next one in Goodison Park. After the international break hopefully the players can come back safe and well, because we play for important things.”
Callum Rice-Coates16 March 2021 19:33
Real Madrid host Atalanta tonight with a 1-0 lead from the first leg in Italy. They’ll hope to join PSG, Liverpool, Borussia Dortmund and Porto in the quarter-finals.
Callum Rice-Coates16 March 2021 19:27
Since Marco Rose’s future move to Borussia Dortmund was confirmed, Gladbach have lost six successive games, including a 2-0 defeat against City in the first leg of this Champions League tie. They’ve slipped to tenth in the Bundesliga and look a side bereft of confidence, so a comeback tonight seems highly unlikely.
Callum Rice-Coates16 March 2021 19:24
GLADBACH BOSS MARCO ROSE SPEAKS TO BT SPORT
“After six defeats we want to show that we are still here, that we can play good football. We will do everything to change things. City is a complete package: they play really well pressing, it’s really hard. It’s a really difficult challenge, we lost two goals, but we go again. In football, everything is possible. If we want to have a chance to win this game we have to play with more confidence in our offence.”
Callum Rice-Coates16 March 2021 19:21
STERLING DENIES GUARDIOLA RIFT
Callum Rice-Coates16 March 2021 19:13
Both Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero are on the bench tonight, which suggests Kevin De Bruyne could start as a false nine.
The other notable absentee is Raheem Sterling, also on the bench. Riyad Mahrez and Phil Foden are preferred.
Callum Rice-Coates16 March 2021 19:10