Borussia Mönchengladbach were eliminated from the Champions League with a 2-0 defeat in the second leg of the second round against Manchester City (De Bruynes dream goal in the video!). The foals had also lost the first leg 0-2. For Gladbach, the current crisis is taking on historic features with the seventh competitive game defeat in a row. This had only happened three times in the club’s history – most recently in a season in 1989, then across seasons in 1999.
When asked about the seventh bankruptcy in a row since he announced his summer move to BVB, Gladbach’s coach Marco Rose referred after the game to the discrepancy between the results of the past weeks and the performance of his team, which is also proven by data.
It “would only be factual” if one also spoke about the current negative run in this context. There was no break with his players, that was also seen against a “strong” opponent from Manchester.
“The first shot lands right in the corner, then you get the second. The guys reacted properly, they wanted, but when you play against this team and feel this quality firsthand, it can be tough,” said Rose.
Captain Lars Stindl also classified the Gladbach defeat against the Skyblues in a similar way. “They did it incredibly well, are one of the best teams in the world,” said Stindl, who attested to the hosts that they “really ate up” Gladbach in the pressing.
Gladbach captain Stindl: ManCity “literally ate us up”
“As stupid as it sounds, we had a decent performance in Augsburg, only the result was not right again,” said Stindl. Goalkeeper Yann Sommer noted that there was “no need to be ashamed” especially for the games against Manchester City. One was “simply inferior”.
It was important for the Gladbach goalkeeper to emphasize once again how proud he is of the club and the team that had “played a great Champions League season” and “prevailed against big opponents” in the group stage. Gladbach had booked the round of 16 ticket in a group with Inter Milan, Shakhtar Donetzk and Real Madrid.
The crisis could not be “discussed away”, but the Swiss looked confidently to the upcoming guest appearance at the likely relegated Schalke 04: “It will be a very tough game and we owe a lot to each other. We have to be angry and defend ourselves against this situation.”
This situation is much better with Gladbach’s opponent Manchester City. The Citizens deservedly made it into the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the fourth time in a row, have been there without conceding a goal for over eleven hours and underpin their status as the top favorite for the title.
“We were in total control,” said coach Pep Guardiola after the game: “We were very aggressive, we just played. Our movements were perfect.”
And so it only took until the 18th minute until City finally let the air out of this unequal round of 16 after the 2-0 first leg win. De Bruyne hit Gladbach with a weak build-up through Sommer (half-high 50/50 ball to the center circle) with a dream goal in the left corner around the ears. For his part, Gündogan completed a strong combination of his own sixteen over two stations, in which Gladbach left the center wide open. He is now the best German CL goalscorer for a foreign club (9 goals).
From then on, Gladbach hardly got any possession of the ball and certainly not in the duels, which City even won almost 60 percent in the first round. After the break, City again increased their own ball possession to over 70 percent and rocked the game across the stage without much effort.
Manchester City – Borussia Mönchengladbach: The analysis
Gates: 1-0 De Bruyne (12th), 2-0 Gündogan (18th)
A squeaky clean appearance and another starting line-up recommendation for national coach Joachim Löw. Gündogan underpinned his top form and was extremely active. Sometimes in the center in the build-up of the game, sometimes on the left wing when Cancelo moved into the middle, sometimes he appeared in the penalty area in a nine-way manner. Didn’t lose a duel and also scored his 15th competitive goal, making him the most successful German goalscorer in Europe’s top 5 leagues. Also very strong again: Joao Cancelo, who was already the man of the first leg.