Manchester City take on Borussia Monchengladbach in the Champions League on Tuesday, 13 September at the Etihad Stadium in what is an extremely tough group for the Premier League side.
Where to Watch Live
Kick-off is set for 7:45pm BST. Lie coverage of the game will be on BT Sport ESPN and BT Sport ESPN HD.
Pep Guardiola will be well aware of Monchengladbach's strengths, having worked with Bayern Munich over the last three years, and will be looking to announce his return to Europe in style, having failed to win the Champions League on the last three occasions. The Spaniard has previously tasted success with Barcelona but will be desperate to prove his detractors wrong by going all the way with City, who have only once gone past the round of 16 in their history.
They will be boosted by their performance against Manchester United last weekend, when they cut through the Red Devils with consummate ease and overwhelmed Jose Mourinho's men in the first half. Kevin de Bruyne and David Silva are likely to remain the centre piece of City's attack and the return of Sergio Aguero up front would make for a gilt-edged focal point for City going forward.
Monchengladbach come into the game on the back of a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Freiburg, having taken the lead at half time through Thorgan Hazard. However, a double by Germany Under-21 midfielder Maximilian Philipp ended a run of consecutive victories for the Bundesliga club.
Manager André Schubert insisted that the loss was down to them being lacklustre on the day, which they have to avoid against City. The manager conceded that City were favourites coming into the fixture and are capable of winning the competition with the talent they have at their disposal.
What Managers Say
Pep Guardiola - "It was a pleasure to be the coach of Barcelona and Bayern and [with] their history they are used to reaching semis and finals. Manchester City don't have that. [Roberto] Mancini helped us achieve the first step and Manuel did a really good job to reach the semi-finals. We have big, big targets in the Champions League. We are far to compete from the best teams in Europe. We have to improve a lot of things. We're first in the Premier League but the way we have played until now, it will be not enough to win the Premier League so you have to improve."
Andre Schubert - "We want to be courageous and brave, we always go into games feeling we are up for it, and up for a victory, rather than feeling we are going to lose. It will take a lot of courage – we need to push ourselves all the way as we are up against a very strong team. [On facing City fresh from defeat by Freiburg] They're two different games, two different competitions; you can't win every game. We weren't good enough on Saturday but that has little to do with tomorrow's game. City are favourites."
Betting Odds (betfair)
- Manchester City win: 2/5
- Draw: 4
- Borussia Monchengladbach win: 13/2
Possible XI: Bravo; Sagna, Stones, Kolarav, Clichy; De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Silva; Sterling, Aguero, Nolito
Possible XI: Sommer; Elvedi, Christensen, Jantschke, Traore; Strobl, Kramer, Wendt; Stindl, Raffael, Hahn