When these teams first met, Sergio Aguero scored a hattrick on the way to a 4-0 City home victory. A similar result would ensure the Citizens make it into the knockout round. Gladbach’s path out of the group is much less clear - they’d need to beat City and get a better result against Barcelona than City get against Celtic or hope for a complete Barca meltdown. The Bundesliga side moved down to 13th after a loss to Koln and have managed only 11 goals in 11 Bundesliga matches. They’re not without attacking talent - Fabian Johnson shone on the wing for them last term, Thorgan Hazard is a creative young prospect, and captain Lars Stindl has two goals in four Champions League matches. The more pressing concern will be first stopping City’s attack, who can now call upon Yaya Toure again after he scored a brace over the weekend in his first EPL appearance of the season. With knockout qualification on the line, expect a motivated City to return from Germany with the necessary three points.
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.
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.
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.