Monchengladbach v Manchester City preview – Citizens can bounce back from Spurs defeat
Man City need to quickly bounce back from their 4-1 weekend defeat to Spurs
September 30th, 2015
It has certainly been a hard few weeks for Manchester City ( 16/1 to win Champions League ), the Citizens losing their opening Champions League match and recently surrendering the Premier League top spot to bitter rivals Manchester United at the weekend.
Following their 2-1 loss to Serie A champions Juventus in their first European outing of the season, they suffered their first Premier League defeat when they went down by the same scoreline to West Ham earlier this month at the Etihad Stadium.
A 4-1 thrashing of a hapless Sunderland side saw things return to normal and it appeared that the Hammers result may have been a one-off. Indeed, Pellegrini’s side would have been hopeful of bouncing back from their recent poor results with a win over Tottenham Hotspur last weekend, although things didn’t go to plan and they returned home having been thrashed 4-1 by the North Londoners with Pellegrini far from happy.
“We didn’t play very well in the first half against West Ham, or in the second half here [at Tottenham],” the City boss said to BT Sport. “I don’t want to talk about the goals because it’s a mistake, the referee can make it. We must continue working, to continue playing as we did in the first 45 minutes. We must play every game as a final in the future.”
Can they stop the rot when they travel to Monchengladbach tonight? They desperately need to in order to start climbing the Group D table and we feel that they can get the result that they need against a Bundesliga side which went down 3-0 to Sevilla in their Champions League opener.
That’s not to say that it will be easy. City opened their Premier League campaign with eleven goals from their first five games and none in reply, although with nine conceded in their last four outings it looks likely that the hosts will at least get their names onto the scoresheet.