Pep Guardiola sends crucial message to Man City stars despite Champions League win over German club

Pep Guardiola sends crucial message to Man City stars despite Champions League win over German club

- Man City boss Guardiola wants his players to be more ruthless in front of goal

- The Citizens defeated German side Monchengladbach 2-0 in their Champions League fixture

- Pep also admits that Bayern Munich are the favourites to win the title again this season

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Manchester City head into the second leg of their Champions League round of 16 game with a two-goal advantage over German side Borussia Monchengladbach on Wednesday, February 24.

A goal each from Bernando Silva and Gabriel Jesus were all Pep Guardiola's men needed to beat their hosts on home turf.

The victory stretched the Citizens' win across competitions to 19 - a record being held by the Spaniard and his Etihad Stadium club.

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They are also the first English top-flight team to win 12 consecutive games away from home in all competitions, while they maintain a 10 points gap on the EPL table at the moment.

Pep Guardiola sends crucial message to Manchester City stars despite Champions League win over German club
Joao Cencelo showing off his man of the match award after helping Man City overcome Borussia Monchengladbach. Photo by Manchester City
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However, in spite of their dominance home and abroad, the Spanish-born tactician has told his players to be more clinical in front of goal if they must win the Champions League.

"We controlled the game and it was good. We scored two beautiful goals.
"But unfortunately we were not clinical enough upfront. That is something we need to improve in this competition. In this competition, you have to be perfect to make sure you go through.
"We have to finish better. They have to know that in this competition you don't have that second chance. If there's one thing I'd like to improve it is this."

Guardiola admits his former club Bayern Munich are the favourites to retain the title they won last season. He was quoted by The Mirror after the match saying:

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"When I see Bayern Munich - I don't think we are favourites. If people say we are favourites then we have to accept it, but a team who in their whole history has been to a semi-final once? Okay, they say it, so we have to accept it."

Man City's next game is against West Ham United on Saturday, February 27. earlier reported that Man City have one step in the quarter-finals of this season's Champions League after securing a crucial 2-0 away win over Borussia Monchengladbach in the first leg of their last 16 fixture.

City went into the Wednesday night, February 24, clash off a fine run of results as they are currently unbeaten in as many as 18 games across competitions.

Buoyed by their 1-0 win over Arsenal at the weekend in the Premier League, the Manchester city put their best foot forward during their trip to Puskas Arena in Budapest, Hungary, with Bernardo Silva and Gabriel Jesus scoring in either half of the encounter to inspire the Citizens to victory.

Oluwatomiwa is a sports editor with He has over eight years of field and office experience in the media industry. He graduated from the Nigerian Institute of Journalism in 2014 with HND in Mass Communication. Connect with him on Twitter @TomiwaBabalola.


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