In their 2-1 win in the Manchester Derby over the weekend, City set the mark in the Premier League. Pep's side was fluid, quick and lethal. Kevin De Bruyne was a constant threat while neither Nolito and Raheem Sterling can be ignored. Opposite them, Borussia Mönchengladbach have had a mixed start to the season - they beat a strong Leverkusen side 2-1 to open their campaign, but lost 3-1 to Freiburg over the weekend. Attacking mid Thorgan Hazard has looked bright and will be be out to impress in the country where his brother became a star. A tip for the German side - test Claudio Bravo with balls into the box. With Barcelona also in the group, Gladbach can't afford to drop points. But, the Citizens have yet to lose under Guardiola and they shouldn't expect that streak to end at home against Gladbach.
While City have blossomed into one of the top teams in England, European glory has continued to be frustratingly out of their grasp. To that end, the Citizens finally got their man, Pep Guardiola. His mandate is clear - win Manchester City’s first ever Champions League trophy. Pep has made his mark early - banishing Joe Hart to Turin in favor of Claudio Bravo, calling in midfield reinforcements from the Bundesliga in İlkay Gündoğan and Leroy Sane, and strengthening in attack with Nolito. If Sergio Aguero can remain healthy, there can be no excuses for not making a confident run toward the final this year.
Gladbach made easy work of their Champions League play-off, defeating Swiss side Young Boys 9-2 on aggregate, after qualifying by finishing 4th in the Bundesliga. They lost Granit Xhaka to Arsenal, who would have been handy against Barcelona and Man City, but maintain their attacking trio of Brazilian forward Raffael, Lars Stindl and American Fabian Johnson. They’re a solid, dangerous side, but it would be a definite surprise for them to make it out of this incredibly tough group. That doesn’t mean Gladbach shouldn’t be ignored - they make for great viewing and won’t go out easily.
Had the best goals-per-minute ratio in the EPL last season.
The unheralded midfielder is crucial in breaking up attacks box-to-box.
Scored 8 goals last season, two of which came in the Champions League against Juventus and Sevilla.
Started in goal for all four of Switzerland's Euro 2016 matches, including a clean sheet against France.