Thuram's brace at home to record Champions League winners Real proved decisive as Gladbach reached the knockouts for the first time in their history. The 1976/77 European Cup runners-up put in some swashbuckling displays to finish second in a group that also included Inter Milan and Shakhtar Donetsk, scoring 16 times along the way. Only holders Bayern Munich found the net more often (18). Thuram also produced four assists, but it's countryman Alassane Plea who leads the way for tournament goals with five across the group stage. Captain Lars Stindl netted twice to go with his team-leading 10 for the season in the Bundesliga. The Foals were without midfield talisman Jonas Hofmann for the majority of their Group B campaign, but the Germany international has returned with aplomb in 2021, producing one goal and five assists in nine league appearances. He set up Stindl at the weekend, albeit in a shock 2-1 home defeat to Mainz. Ramy Bensebaini has reclaimed the left-back berth from Oscar Wendt since making his return from illness at the turn of the year, but head coach Marco Rose - who will take charge of Borussia Dortmund next season - has a decision to make in central midfield where Denis Zakaria is vying for Christoph Kramer's place in the starting line-up.
Gladbach made their home Champions League debut against Manchester City in the 2015/16 groups, and were drawn against the four-time English Premier League champions once again the following season, taking a point off Guardiola's side at Borussia-Park. Although they've yet to beat City in four attempts in the Champions League, the Foals did win two and draw two of six Bundesliga meetings against Guardiola's Bayern between 2013 and 2016. Guardiola's current crop got this far by topping Group C ahead of Porto, claiming 16 points from a possible 18, but have never advanced beyond the Champions League quarter-finals in four attempts on the Catalan's watch. Former Nuremberg and Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gündogan is expected to start after recently recovering from a groin strain. Ex-Werder Bremen and Wolfsburg playmaker Kevin De Bruyne has also recovered full match fitness following a hamstring injury. The fixture is being played in Budapest after German authorities denied the runaway Premier League leaders entry into the country due to new Covid-19 protocols.
Borussia Monchengladbach and Manchester City will square off in the Champions League round of 16 first leg on Wednesday at Puskas Arena in Budapest, Hungary. The Bavarians head to Hungary where they will play the "home" leg of their tie at a neutral site due to COVID travel restrictions. Manchester City are dominating the Premier League where they sit on top of the league standings, while Monchengladbach are currently in eighth place in Bundesliga. This match will mark the seventh meeting between the two sides in European competition, the most games for both teams against a single opponent. Monchengladbach: Gladbach had mixed results coming out of their group stage, proving to be a pleasant surprise in front of goal while squandering away early leads. The team has also faltered in Bundesliga standings, at one point they were in the top four but are now in eighth place after some inconsistent performances, earning just one win in their last five matches. The team has show they can play in big games, but forwards Lars Stindl and Alassane Pléa will need more from their midfield against a lethal Man. City.
Manchester City: This team has been completely dominating the last several weeks in the Premier League and have looked like they're having fun while doing so. Ilkay Gundogan has been in top form for the midfield, while Phil Foden and Raheem Sterling have been providing recent goals. Monchengladbach are in trouble if they all start, including the return of Kevin DeBryun. The Belgium international is getting minutes once again after returning from injury.