Manchester City vs Borussia Mönchengladbach Preview: Pep Guardiola looks to get off to winning start in elite competition

Manchester City vs Borussia Mönchengladbach Preview: Pep Guardiola looks to get off to winning start in elite competition

Europe's elite club competition gets underway tomorrow and City will look to build on their excellent campaign European campaign from the season just gone.

Oscar Norman

The 'Pep Era' has got off to a flying start in Manchester with City winning six games out of six, with the recent Manchester Derby a particularly enjoyable one too which saw Kevin de Bruyne excel.

So now attentions turn to Europe, a frontier in which Manchester City have made great strides in recent years, last seasons semi-final exit at the hands of Real Madrid the furthest they have ever gone. 

Last Time Out 

City were drawn against Gladbach last season in the group stages of the competition. Despite City being the victors in both legs it was far from easy. Borussia pushed City all the way in both games only separated by a last gasp Sergio Aguero penalty first in Germany and an inspired second half performance from Raheem Sterling at the Etihad. 

Manchester City - Borussia Mönchengladbach team

Pep Guardiola confirmed that Aguero would be available for selection in tomorrow nights meeting. On the other hand Ilkay Gundogan and Vincent Kompany were reportedly making good progress with their injuries though the choice of wording suggested neither would be available for tomorrow.

The Foals have five injuries to contend with, Josip Drmic, Marvin Schulz, Alvaro Dominguez, Patrick Herrmann and Mamadou Doucouré.  This may present the chance for Swiss 19-year-old midfielder Djibril Sow  to make his Champions League debut. 

What they're saying? 

Despite being pleased with Saturday's derby victory, Guardiola recognises that there were faults in City's game saying: "We made good things and bad things (at the derby) but it’s just three points. Of course we’re happy but we have to improve." 

Pep was also cautious about Gladbach, well aware of the task ahead: "The draw was difficult. BMG are a brave team - one of the best teams in Europe. If we let them play, they have a lot of quality."

Gladbach centre-half, Tony Jantschke meanwhile didn't think the weekends defeat away to Freiburg would affect the team: "Our performance in Freiburg wasn't good, there is no question about that, but the game on Tuesday will be an entirely different match." 

What might happen?

It'll be a closer match than most might think, despite City's 100% start and irresistble brand of 'Guardiola' football, Gladbach will prove a real test for the Blues perhaps the biggest of the season so far. A well drilled side, packed with talent and a manager who has never lost to Guardiola, Gladbach will fancy their chances.

Despite this City's quality in playstyle and indivual talent will ultimately prove the distance, De Bruyne's recent form especially, will only spell trouble for the Gladbach defence.