Manchester City moved to the skirt of the Champions League quarter-finals with a 2-0 success over Borussia Moenchengladbach on Wednesday yet mentor Pep Guardiola demanded his group actually need to “be more clinical in advance”.
A first half header from Bernardo Silva and a Gabriel Jesus strike in the second time of the last 16 first leg tie expanded a series of wins by Guardiola’s high-flying side to 19 games on the whole rivalries.
Head League pioneers City stayed outdoors inside the Gladbach half for the majority of the game, which was moved to Hungary because of Germany’s Covid-19 travel limitations.
Albeit predominant, City enjoyed time to reprieve down an obstinate German guard, frequently thwarted by the block attempts of Algeria left-back Ramy Bensebaini.
While Guardiola said subsequently he was “satisfied” with the outcome, he added City “need to improve” to challenge for Champions League praises.
“We controlled the game. Sadly we were not clinical in advance, it is something we need to improve in this opposition, we were insufficient in the container, we didn’t spill and shoot enough,” said Guardiola.
“In this opposition you must be amazing to be certain you can experience,” he said.
Debutants in the Champions League knockout stages, Gladbach had been asked by mentor Marco Rose to be courageous against Guardiola’s side.
France’s Alassane Plea was practically through on objective on 20 minutes after an uncommon counterattack, yet a brazen and profound lying Gladbach ultimately surrendered to mounting pressure in the 29th moment.
A great inch-ideal cross by Portuguese protector Joao Cancelo twisted over the guard from the left to arrive at his countryman Silva who flicked his short proximity header past Yann Sommer.
“We attempted to play basic and not commit errors. It’s a decent success for us, however it’s not finished at this point,” Silva disclosed to BT Sport.
“Each time when he plays (Silva) is a remarkable player, he’s great noticeable all around, the objective was phenomenal how he completed it,” said Guardiola.
The 26-year-old Cancelo, noteworthy all through, almost multiplied the lead a short ways from the break yet his shot from right fresh pinged over the bar.
At that point from the get-go in the second half Jesus ought to have changed over in the wake of hooking on to an inadequately judged backpass by Bensebaini yet saw his shot obstructed by Swiss protector Nico Elvedi.
Aside from a rushing backheel from Plea that streaked only wide of Ederson’s far post on the hour mark, City serenely contained the Germans, and went two up in the 65th moment.
Another grand cross-field pass by Cancelo again discovered Silva at Sommer’s far post who this time headed back across the goalmouth for Jesus to fire home and seal City’s nineteenth progressive triumph and 6th Champions League clean sheet in succession.
Gladbach, who oversaw only one shot on track all through the game, an exertion by substitute Hannes Wolf saved by Ederson in the last minutes, presently face a considerable errand to pivot the connection the return leg booked for March 16 in Manchester.
“We deservedly lost today against an exceptionally solid group, you don’t get numerous odds against a particularly rival, we essentially couldn’t assault more,” said Rose
“It would have been acceptable to score toward the finish to be in a superior position.”