Pep calls for clinical Citizens

25 February 2021 18:32:27 GMTPlus10

Pep Guardiola says Manchester City need to be ruthless in the final third, despite seeing his side defeat Borussia Monchengladbach 2-0 in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Wednesday evening.

Portugal international Bernardo Silva opened the scoring in Budapest in the 29th minute, his 35th goal for the club in all competitions since joining from Monaco in 2017, before Brazil striker Gabriel Jesus struck in the 65th minute.

We played really well, but we have to be more clinical in this competition.

Pep Guardiola

It was City's 19th successive win and they were head and shoulders above their German opponents, who were appearing at this stage of the competition for the first time in 43 years and had no answer to the current Premier League leaders.

The Citizens are also the first team to keep a clean sheet in their first four away Champions League matches in a campaign since Manchester United did so in 2010-11 and the only things that was missing from the performance were more goals.

Although happy with the result, Guardiola insisted his side need to improve in the final third if they are going to lift the European trophy for the first time in the club's history.

"We had incredible focus for 90 minutes, but we were not good enough in the opposition's box," Guardiola told his club's official website. "We played really well, but we have to be more clinical in this competition.

"In the Premier League we can drop points, but in this competition you have to be clinical. If there is something I want us to improve it is that.

"In this competition, you have to be perfect to make sure you go through."

The second leg of the last-16 tie takes place on 16th March at the Etihad Stadium and City are 1.25 to pick up the win in 90 minutes, while a draw is priced at 6.50 and the Citizens are 2.37 to win the Champions League this season.

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