Borussia Monchengladbach faced Manchester City in Budapest this Wednesday night. We have the player ratings.
Marco Rose’s team didn’t stand a chance against a dominating Manchester City at the Puskas Arena. Pep Guardiola’s men displayed a tremendous amount of focus, steadiness, and talent to bring home an important win.
Joao Cancelo and Bernardo Silva paid a tribute to their fellow countryman Cristiano Ronaldo as they starred in tonight’s Champions League win. In fact, the Portuguese duo were fundamental for City’s win tonight, providing two assists and a goal between them.
It seems that Pep Guardiola has found his new Phillip Lahm in Cancelo as the inverted full-back did his job perfectly tonight. Moreover, Joao Cancelo was awarded for his performance with UEFA’s Man of the Match award. In the Citizens’ first goal, the Portuguese defender delivered a perfect cross to Bernardo Silva who scored a rare header.
Manchester City didn’t slow down in the second half
Pep Guardiola’s squad fully committed themselves throughout the 90 minutes as every single player attacked and defended non-stop. Nevertheless, City’s second goal was quite similar to the first one. Another brilliant cross from Cancelo found its way to Bernardo Silva once more. However, the Portuguese winger decided to assist Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus. In fact, Jesus nearly threw himself to the floor in order to put the ball in the net.
Manchester City now have a valuable two-goal lead for the second leg in addition to an upper hand provided by the away goal rule. In order to make it through to the next round, Borussia Monchengladbach will have to score three times against a strong City defense.
Borussia Monchengladbach: Sommer (5), Elvedi (5), Zakaria (6), Ginter (6), Lainer (5), Bensebaini (6), Kramer (6), Hofmann (6), Neuhaus (6), Plea (6), Stindl (5).
Bench: Lazaro (5), Thuram (5), Embolo (5), Wolf (N/A).
Manchester City: Ederson (6), Walker (7), Dias (7), Laporte (7), Cancelo (9), Rodri (7), Gundogan (8), Foden (8), Silva (9), Sterling (7), Jesus (7).
Bench: Mahrez (6), Torres (5), Aguero (5).
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