Forecast for Borussia Monchengladbach – Manchester City. We have prepared an analysis of the opponents and a non-trivial bet on the first match of the 1/8 final of the UEFA Champions League.
Borussia on February 24 will try to surprise everyone again with their game in the LCH. But now the wards of Marco Rose are waiting for a completely different level – the playoffs of the tournament. So on a nominally home field (in Bucharest at the Puskas Arena), the Germans must cling to the result against the top club in Europe.
Borussia and Manchester City have met 6 times (2 games were in the UEFA Cup in 1979) and 4 meetings already in the LCH in the 2015/16 and 2016/17 seasons. In the Champions League, the British did not leave a chance for the Germans: 3 wins with 1 draw. "Zebras" for 6 attempts won only 1 match – in 1979 in UEFA Сup.
Borussia Monchengladbach in the Champions League group fought for the playoffs with very strong opponents (Real Madrid, Inter and Shakhtar). Many predicted the Germans to fight for the 3rd place, but the players of Marco Rose were of a different opinion. Thanks to the successful meetings with the " miners "(Borussia won Shakhtar with a total score of 10: 0), the Germans took the 2nd place, ahead of the Ukrainian club only in terms of personalities. So the coaching staff of Monchengladbach knows the secrets of motivating the team at the LCH. We are waiting for a decent resistance from the middling Bundesliga, which in its championship can not win 3 matches in a row.
If everything is not going smoothly for Borussia in the domestic championship in February, then Manchester City is simply mocking the teams at the foggy Albion. The "citizens" have won 18 consecutive matches in England, without noticing resistance from such giants as Liverpool, Man Utd, Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal. And Manchester City is scary not only for its strength. Pep Guardiola is adept at manipulating the team tactically. First, Manchester City can play a whole half "without a goal", and then in 10 minutes and several striking attacks to secure a handicap of a couple of goals and calmly bring the game to