Manchester City will seek at the top of its form today (16:00) to close its way to the quarter-finals of the Champions League against Borussia Monchengladbach, who arrives in the middle of a crisis and return his last victory on January 22.
In addition, City comes with a 0-2 first-leg income, which makes it even bigger against a competitor who received four-game losing streak in the Bundesliga.
City appears to have done the job, but that was never a hindrance for Pep Guardiola to go to the match and try to win at the Puskas Arena, the stage for this round of the Round of 16 due to restrictions between flights. Germany and the United Kingdom.
The Blues broke the streak of 21 consecutive matches two days ago and responded by stumbling with the goals they scored against Southampton (5-2) and against Fulham (0-3). Also the best news in this last match is Sergio Aguero’s return to the title and scoring, although Guardiola is not expected to force the Argentine into another confrontation.
If City progress, it will be their fourth consecutive quarter-final appearance, a round that none of the past three seasons have gone through. The last time he reached the top four was in the 2016/2017 season.
On the other hand, Gladbach is in a position that hardly allows him to contemplate miracles with his head focusing more on the possibility of reversing the situation in the Bundesliga than in the Champions League match.
This cannot be ruled out, as the next Bundesliga match against Schalke looms, the rest of the important players are turning to players who have not had many minutes like Hannes Wolff or Patrick Hermann.