MONCHENGLADBACH VS MAN CITY
Good evening! Thanks for joining tonight’s SunSport coverage as we bring you live updates from Borussia Monchengladbach vs Manchester City in the Champions League.
This round of 16 tie features two teams in different runs of form.
The dynamic hosts have suffered an inconsistent spell in the Bundesliga and currently occupy eighth place – two spots outside any of the European places – but tonight does represent their first EVER knock-out match at this stage of the Champions League.
Marco Rose’s men have lost their last two home matches too – to lowly Mainz and Koln.
Thankfully for them, tonight’s ‘home’ game will look a little different,
Germany’s Covid restrictions have meant they were unable to host tonight’s clash, instead playing at the Puskas Arena in Budapest, Hungary.
But tonight should be all about tonight’s actual visitors, Man City.
Since the turn of the year they have been in sensational form, winning a staggering 18 matches in a row.
It’s not the biggest secret in the world that Pep Guardiola and the City hierarchy eye this as the ultimate prize.
Given their 10-point advantage at the summit of the Premier League, they can afford to take an eye off domestic duty if required.
Their current form – couple with Gladbach’s – suggests they should not need to worry about that.
But this is the Champions League after all.
The home side are missing Marcus Thuram, with the forward out due to a long-term knee injury.
Nathan Ake is unavailable for Manchester City due to injury.
We kick-off in Budapest at 8pm and we’ll continue with all the build-up ahead of live updates from then.