Borussia Mönchengladbach faces a mammoth task in the second leg of the Champions League second leg at Manchester City. Here at SPOX you can follow the game in the live ticker.
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Manchester, on the other hand, are in great shape right now. A 2-0 home defeat in the derby against city rivals United started just over a week ago, and for months now the Citizens have been shooting away everything that came before them. The Skyblues are still involved in all competitions, are the undisputed leaders in the Premier League and, with a 14-point lead, can hardly be stopped on the way to the championship. The final in the League Cup has already been reached. The quarter-finals of the FA Cup are coming up soon. There are some titles in the air – certainly also in the premier class.
Manchester City – Borussia Mönchengladbach: Champions League today in the live ticker – before the start
As before RB Leipzig, the foal eleven must now also compete for the second leg in the Puskas Arena in Budapest after the first leg. This venue has meanwhile proven itself and was therefore also chosen by Manchester City. The reason lies in the German Corona regulation in connection with the British virus mutation. Borussia would also have had to be quarantined for 14 days after a game on the island, which was not an option given the tight schedule. This was communicated to UEFA, which asked Manchester to name an alternative venue. So the Gladbachers now suffer the same fate as the Leipzigers. In addition to participating in the costs for today’s second leg, a penalty payment is due to the opponent. This is ten percent of the entry bonus and should amount to around 1.5 million euros.
After Friday’s game in the Bundesliga, Marco Rose swaps three professionals. Oscar Wendt, Valentino Lazaro and Alassane Plea find themselves on the bench. Ramy Bensebaini, Denis Zakaria and Breel Embolo will take over their places in Gladbach’s starting line-up. If we take the first leg into account, there are two changes. Instead of Christoph Kramer and Alassane Plea (both bank), Marcus Thuram and Breel Embolo play.
Compared to the last league game on Saturday, Pep Guardiola makes five changes. Instead of Aymeric Laporte, Benjamin Mendy, Gabriel Jesus, Sergio Agüero and Ferran Torres (all bank), Kyle Walker, Ilkay Gündogan, Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez join Manchester’s starting eleven. With a view to the first leg, there are three changes. John Stones, Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez start for Aymeric Laporte, Raheem Sterling (also Bank) and Gabriel Jesus.
The return match between Gladbach and Manchester City will also take place in Budapest’s Puskas Arena. The reason for this is still the mutation variant of the corona virus, which is rampant in Great Britain, which has moved the German authorities to strict regulations for entry from the island.
In contrast to Borussia Mönchengladbach, Manchester City are in strong shape. After a loss to city rivals Manchester United, City underpinned their clear leadership in the Premier League with two consecutive wins. Coach Pep Guardiola warned his team about the opponent from the Bundesliga despite the excellent starting position. “I have incredible respect for Gladbach. They have weapons and they know how to use them,” he said on Monday.
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