Guardiola demands more from rampant City

Sports | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 26 Feb 2021

Manchester City moved to the verge of the Champions League quarter-finals with a 2-0 win over Borussia Monchengladbach but coach Pep Guardiola insisted his team still need to "be more clinical up front."

A first-half header from Bernardo Silva and a Gabriel Jesus strike in the last-16, first-leg clash extended City's winning streak to 19 games in all competitions.

English Premier League leaders City camped inside the Gladbach half for most of the game, which was moved to Hungary due to Germany's Covid-19 travel restrictions.

Although dominant, City took time to break down a stubborn German defense.

Guardiola was "pleased" with the result but insisted City "have to improve" to challenge for Champions League honors.

"Unfortunately we were not clinical up front, it is something we have to improve ... we were not good enough in the box, we didn't dribble and shoot enough," said Guardiola.

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

Elsewhere, Ferland Mendy's late strike gave Real Madrid a 1-0 win over 10-man Atalanta in Bergamo.

The hosts had to play a man down for over 70 minutes after midfielder Remo Freuler was harshly sent off for tripping Mendy at the edge of the penalty area.

"The game was ruined," said Atalanta coach Gianpiero Gasperini.

"Enough of these referees who've never played a game and don't know the difference between a challenge and a foul."

- Jose Mourinho saluted Dele Alli after the Tottenham midfielder's impressive display in the 4-0 rout of Austrian minnows Wolfsberger that sent Spurs into the Europa League last 16 with an 8-1 aggregate victory.

- Lionel Messi soared past Luis Suarez to become La Liga's top scorer by adding his 17th and 18th goals of the season in Barcelona's 3-0 victory over Elche. The victory puts Barca back in third, five points off the top.

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