De Bruyne rocket helps Manchester City surge past Borussia Mönchengladbach | Champions League


Manchester City made this second leg seem a distinct sport. One during which they swept into the quarter-finals by decreasing Borussia Mönchengladbach to extras in a supreme present of complete, ruthless dominance.

By 18 minutes the tie was over. City had been 2-0 forward, 4-0 on combination, and this was a coaching train: one for Pep Guardiola’s aspect to proceed forming the beautiful passing patterns that presage the killer contact earlier than purpose.

If this ascendancy made it some shock the rating was not elevated – Riyad Mahrez spurned a number of late possibilities as they continued to press – now comes the defining second for supervisor and crew. Guardiola has by no means led City past the Champions League quarter-finals however whoever they’re paired with in Friday’s draw their formidable type and the 50-year-old’s earlier failures means critical questions can be requested if they don’t roll on to the final 4, no less than.

Guardiola determined this was a sport the place neither Sergio Agüero or Gabriel Jesus had been required to start out so Kevin De Bruyne was the floating No 9. Raheem Sterling additionally missed out, although he was a alternative, in contrast to at Fulham on Saturday.

The supervisor acknowledged after the first-leg win that 2-0 won’t be sufficient however given the taking part in riches at his disposal and Mönchengladbach’s six consecutive losses City had been clear favourites. The primary half show solely enhanced this angle.

After tapping the ball round to settle in, all of the sudden João Cancelo was shifting inside from left-back, as Guardiola loves him to do. The Portuguese’s subsequent chip had Phil Foden clear in on Yann Sommer’s purpose however his tried flick-finish upset.

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City’s subsequent assault didn’t as they claimed their one hundredth purpose this time period. From a right-wing place Rodri handed to Riyad Mahrez who relayed the ball to De Bruyne. The Belgian allowed it to roll past him, then struck a candy left-foot that pinballed in off Sommer’s bar in scintillating vogue.

As this was City’s “house” leg regardless of being performed in Budapest’s Puskas Enviornment Mönchengladbach nonetheless required three to knock them out. That lasted solely till the 18th-minute. Right here, the Germans couldn’t dwell with Foden when he swept via the center and hit a reverse move exactly the place Ilkay Gündogan wished. The midfielder’s contact was adopted by a medical end into Sommer’s proper nook for a thirteenth of his standout season.

Ilkay Gündogan pokes the ball past Yann Sommer to end a flowing move and put Manchester 4-0 up on aggregate.
Ilkay Gündogan pokes the ball past Yann Sommer to finish a flowing transfer and put Manchester 4-0 up on combination. {Photograph}: Getty Photos

This begin had Guardiola visibly delighted. City had the air of a heavyweight in a mismatch in opposition to a featherweight: once they wished to stun Mönchengladbach’s senses a flurry of blows had been landed. After Mahrez spun and lobbed into Gündogan the German got here near the knockout punch however at close-range his of completion was absent.

City’s solely problem was whether or not they might retain a excessive stage of focus. A Mahrez foray advised so and Marcus Thuram’s 20-yard effort whereas not regarding Ederson was no less than a reminder to Guardiola’s aspect. Actually, although, the Catalan has his males so nicely drilled complacency is unlikely. As half-time approached they went near a 3rd. De Bruyne’s 30-yard free-kick dipped however was straight sufficient for Sommer to tip clear. Then, a Mahrez surge left all defenders close to him stranded however the Algerian overran the ball.

A scare got here when Thuram fed Breel Embolo and his shot beat Ederson however not his left submit. But by the break this had been an exhibition from City: one executed at a stroll.

Guardiola – certainly – may have ordered his aspect to maintain on looking within the second half. Rodri advised so with a barrelling run that had him skating via the centre of Mönchengladbach and drawing a foul. De Bruyne flipped the free-kick in however upset by not beating the primary defender.

Marco Rose’s aspect then tried a deep press as they’d on the first interval’s begin however City merely revolved the ball round them, Ederson’s means to land pinpoint 40-yard angled passes as if utilizing a protractor additional demoralising their opponent, whereas later, John Stones was as imperious when anticipating Stefan Lainer’s cross from the fitting by merely extending a leg.

There may be an conceited air concerning how City transfer ahead: it’s as in the event that they count on to impress their plan upon the defence earlier than them. And so they additionally hunt in a blue pack as when Mahrez dinked in a ball towards Bernardo Silva, a circle of teammates round him providing different choices.

Inevitably, a section was entered during which the match meandered. Cancelo’s earlier reserving had Guardiola changing him with Oleksandr Zinchenko, with Rodri additionally outmoded by Fernandinho. Every was immediately within the groove through an alternate of ping-pong-like passes between them that won’t have cheered Mönchengladbach.