Guardiola pleased as City ‘control’ Gladbach in the CL

Date published: Wednesday 24th February 2021 10:38 - Lewis Oldham


Pep Guardiola has claimed that Bayern Munich are the favourites to win the Champions League despite Manchester City’s scintillating form.

Man City started the game well and they deservedly took the lead in the 29th minute. Joao Cancelo was the creator as his cross towards the back post found Bernardo Silva. The midfielder header evaded Yann Sommer to find the net.

Guardiola’s side continued to put their German opponents under pressure but they had to wait until the 65th-minute for their second goal.

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The second came via a cross from Cancelo once again. Silva met his ball in, but he could only direct it across the goal. Gabriel Jesus was there to smash it home, however, as City netted an important second goal.

City will face Monchengladbach in the return leg at the Etihad on 16 March. Speaking post-match with BT Sport, as cited by BBC Sport, Guardiola admitted that his side were not “clinical enough” against Monchengladbach:

“In general, we controlled the game. Unfortunately today we were not clinical enough up front.

“That is something we have to improve in this competition. Up front we have to be more clinical. In this competition, you have to be perfect to make sure you go through.

“When I see Bayern Munich I don’t think we are favourites. My target is West Ham in three days.

“If people say we are favourites we have to accept it, but a team who in their whole history has been a semi-final once OK, they say it, we have to accept it.”

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