Manchester City given huge travel boost ahead of Gladbach second leg

Manchester City given huge travel boost ahead of Champions League second leg against Borussia Monchengladbach… with home fixture remaining at the Etihad despite restrictions between Germany and UK

  • Manchester City are in the midst of a hectic schedule domestically and in Europe
  • But they have been given a boost ahead of second leg of Champions League tie
  • City’s home clash vs Borussia Monchengladbach will remain at the Etihad
  • First leg, which City won 2-0, was played in Budapest due to Covid restrictions

Manchester City have avoided travel disruption in the Champions League with their last-16 home game against Borussia Monchengladbach remaining at the Etihad Stadium.

Coronavirus travel restrictions between Germany and the United Kingdom saw last week’s first leg — which City won 2-0 — played in Budapest.

But the two clubs and UEFA confirmed that the return fixture a week on Tuesday will take place in Manchester after talks with Monchengladbach’s local authority in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Manchester City are in the middle of a hectic schedule both domestically and in Europe

That is a major boost for Pep Guardiola, whose side are still in four competitions. 

City are at Everton for an FA Cup quarter-final four days after the Champions League second leg and the lack of travel beforehand should act as a fillip.

Guardiola’s team still have five games to play before the international break later this month and the manager has made 26 changes in their last five matches in order to keep his squad fresh.

Pep Guardiola’s side have avoided travel disruption for the second leg vs Monchengladbach

There are doubts in Argentina as to whether Sergio Aguero will be fit enough to join Lionel Scaloni’s team for World Cup qualifiers against Uruguay and Brazil. 

Aguero has returned to the City squad recently but faces a constant battle with injuries.

Scaloni said: ‘He has to be in the best condition and we know that he will not reach 100 per cent.

‘I spoke with him a month ago and hopefully he can pick up the pace. In the next week we will decide the final list.’

The first leg of the Champions League last-16 tie, which City won 2-0, was played in Budapest 




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