Borussia Monchengladbach faces Manchester City in the first leg of the Champions League 1/8 finals. The match will be played on Wednesday, February 24th at Puskás Aréna (Budapest)
A great game at the group stage allowed the team from Monchengladbach to advance to the Champions League playoffs. Moreover, the Foals outranked such strong teams as Inter and Shakhtar Donetsk. As for the local championship, Marco Rose's charges occupy an intermediate 8th place in the standings, lagging nine points behind the Champions League zone. Borussia is famous for its ability to exert high pressure on opponents, forcing them to make mistakes. Several players of the German team have shown significant progress in the current season, namely, Hofmann, Stindl, Bensebaini, and Neuhaus. Experienced Sommer, Plea, and Kramer are in good shape either. The coaching staff has a decent human resource to play on two fronts.
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The English grandee has risen from the ashes in the winter and gained the upper hand in the Premier League standings. Guardiola's players demonstrate high efficiency and are ready to go towards the main goal of the season - to win the coveted Champions League trophy. Manchester City has a strong staff and financial potential, which allows it to acquire high-quality newcomers in every transfer window. The coaching staff counts on such star players as Gundogan, De Bruyne, Sterling, Foden, Ruben Dias, and Laporte. Zinchenko and goalkeeper Ederson are in good shape (he held a confident segment).
Such regulars of Borussia as Thuram and Zakaria are injured, and football fans know that they are the key performers in midfield. Manchester City can only complain about the loss of Ake, but they have someone to replace the Dutch defender. The English club is in stunning condition and is ready to go on the rampage in the European arena, even to the detriment of the results in the Premier League. The visitors are clear favorites of the upcoming confrontation.
Prediction for the match: Manchester City to win