Borussia Monchengladbach are in need of a miracle if they’re to move past Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League round of 16, trailing 2-0 on aggregate ahead of Tuesday’s second leg. Three weeks after dealing that blow at the Puskas Arena, City return to Budapest, Hungary, for the ‘home’ half of a last-16 matchup between two teams in quite opposite veins of form.
What TV Channel is Manchester City-Monchengladbach on?
Tuesday’s Champions League broadcast rights go to CBS and Galavision, with City and Monchengladbach ready to begin from 3 p.m. ET. You can live stream Champions League matches on fuboTV.
How to Watch Manchester City vs. Borussia Monchengladbach
When: Tuesday, March 16
Where: Puskas Arena, Budapest, Hungary
Time: 3 p.m. ET
TV: CBSSN, Galavision
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free)
Pep Guardiola’s side have lost just one of their last 31 games and only recently saw their English club record of 21 consecutive wins come to an end. Monchengladbach, meanwhile, haven’t won in any competition since February 3 and endured a torrid run of results since it was announced manager Marco Rose would leave this summer to take over at Borussia Dortmund:
City are on the verge of advancing to the Champions League’s last eight for the fourth season running, hoping to beat their all-time best semi-final finish of 2016. Goals from Bernardo Silva and Gabriel Jesus gave them a considerable away-goal advantage from the first-leg encounter, with the boys in blue back in Budapest aiming to finish the job:
It’s worth highlighting Monchengladbach’s active six-loss streak includes outings against City, Dortmund, RB Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen, games that would be troublesome even in more harmonious times. However, Friday’s 3-1 defeat at Augsburg signalled a red flag of a much deeper shade concerning just how much Rose’s exit announcement has affected the team.
The outbound coach remains painfully aware of the threat City pose, all the more so after his side managed a single shot on target in their first 90-minute meeting:
Defender Ramy Bensebaini and midfielder Christoph Kramer are the only injury concerns for Rose entering the second leg, while Nathan Ake’s recovery means City have a fully fit squad at their disposal. Club-record scorer Sergio Aguero scored his first Premier League goal since January 2020 in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Fulham, a result that left Guardiola in positive spirits returning to Hungary:
While the Citizens are dreaming of how far they can go in the hopes of finally cracking the Champions League, Monchengladbach’s recent misery suggests this will be their last continental fixture under Rose. Not only that, but with the team 10th in the Bundesliga and seven points off the top six, it’s doubtful as to whether Die Fohlen will have European soccer of any sort to look forward to next season.
The German outfit’s starting forward trio of Lars Stindl (35), Alassane Plea (18) and Jonas Hofmann (34) were starved of chances in the first leg and took a total 87 touches. To put that level of control (or lack thereof) into context, five of City’s starting XI individually accumulated more than that combined sum—Ruben Dias took the most of any player with 132.
Tuesday’s second leg is an even scarier proposition for Rose’s side considering Kevin De Bruyne could start after he was an unused substitute in Budapest last month, as if Gladbach’s task wasn’t difficult enough.