Now that the awkward business of Chelsea being the only English team left in the Champions League with a 100% record has been dealt with thanks to Porto, Manchester City have their turn again to take a sledgehammer to the England co-efficient tomorrow against a struggling Borussia Mönchengladbach team.
The Germans currently find themselves 14th in the Bundesliga despite a good 3-1 win over Schalke 04 at the weekend. They also might be sniffing blood after Manchester City thrashing at the hands of Spurs at White Hart Lane, where Mauricio Pochettino’s side came out emphatic 4-1 winners.
Manchester City will need a win though because they need to prove that they have what it takes to compete in club football’s premier competition. In fact, all of English football needs to prove this as it tries to claw itself out of the European quagmire it finds itself in.
After a flying start to the domestic campaign, so good that some already backed them for the title, Manchester City have stumbled heavily and they now find themselves under performing like Chelsea and Arsenal.
On paper The Citizens should breeze through the game but due to their latest hit in confidence this maybe Mönchengladbach’s best chance to get themselves three Champions League points against a team that should be getting through their group with ease, especially that they have home advantage.
Manchester City need to be able to compete for the good of the country or that “top four” will very soon become a “top three.” This will be a perfect chance to produce an excellent performance to shut the doubters up and get their European campaign off the ground.
Last time out they got beaten by last year’s finalists Juventus thanks to two great goals from The Old Lady. Gladbach got smashed by Sevilla 3-0 showing the Spanish sides desire that they don’t want to be back in the Europa League come Christmas, but show that they can also compete with the big boys.
City need this win, their big guns need to start firing in Europe because if Seville win tomorrow and Pellegrini’s side fail to get three points against the groups whipping boys, it could be more European heartache on the horizon.