Pellegrini hits back at Euro sceptics

Borussia Monchengladbach’s form appears to be heading in the opposite direction to that of City, with whom they clash in the Champions League on Wednesday.


Having endured a potentially costly 2-1 defeat at home against -Juventus in their Group D opener two weeks ago, City’s need for a -decisive response against Monchen-gladbach was without question.

Hart, meanwhile, did believe his team deserved to take all three points but admitted that they rode their luck at times and had to rely on Aguero to dig them out of a hole with his first goal in the Champions League or Premier League since mid-August. Instead they got turned over 4-1 by Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

Both Borussia Mochengladbach and Manchester City have had contrasting starts to their respective seasons, and come into the game with fortunes reversed.

It was another example of City failing to be clinical in the Cham-pions League, though, and the open nature of the game suggested that, at a few point, they would pay the price. Added to this is the fact that no English team has ever beaten Monchengladbach at their ground in five encounters (drawn one, lost four).

“He is a very technical player, and playing with David and Yaya will help his development into an even stronger player“.

It saw their captain, Vincent Kompany, go off with a calf injury.

Man City reached the Round of 16 in last season’s Champions League while Borussia Mönchengladbach are making their tournament debut since it was renamed in 1992. He’s been at Gladbach throughout his career and has become synonymous with the German side since he made his debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old.

A shambolic and overly exposed City defence was indebted to Hart as he superbly frustrating Raffael twice more before the break, while Monchengladbach midfielder Stindl was booked for a dive in the box despite replays suggesting Fernandinho made contact.

Head coach Andre Schubert, meanwhile, has stressed the Bundesliga side must defend as a unit in order to contain De Bruyne. Furthermore, they had not conceded a goal, but for whatever reason on the European stage they again produced the kind of lacklustre performance which has let them down so often in recent seasons.


He returned to the airport’s Terminal Three around 35 minutes later, still ahead of the scheduled departure of City’s chartered flight to Düsseldorf, but with rumours abounding about the reason for his temporary disappearance. His touch is wonderful, and his desire to command the ball and provide clever, creative passes has brought a new dimension to City’s play. We are ready for this match. “When he pops up in the spaces, the player in my team responsible for that space will fight him”.

City left it late as striker Sergio Aguero scored a 90th minute penalty to give the English side their first Champions League win of the season