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Man City into 2nd on all-time defensive list, but have some way to go to catch Champions League record-holders Arsenal


Manchester City etched their names into the history books of the Champions League this evening, en route to a comfortable win over Borussia Monchengladbach.

KDB & Gundo on target

Pep Guardiola’s men welcomed Bundesliga outfit Gladbach to the Etihad a short time ago, aiming to secure their spot in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

The Sky Blues headed into proceedings as overwhelming favourites to do exactly that, on the back of a 2-0 victory in the tie’s opener late last month.

And, when all was said and done in Manchester, a similar result saw City march on, towards a first ever Champions League crown.

An explosive opening to the action saw the game essentially put to bed within the opening 20 minutes. First, Kevin De Bruyne rattled home a stunning left-footed effort from the edge of the area:

Then, just minutes later, it was two, as a flowing team move saw Phil Foden slip Ilkay Gundogan in for a cool finish beyond Yann Sommer:

City, from here, unsurprisingly took their foot off the gas, to cruise into Friday’s Last-8 draw by means of a 4-0 aggregate victory.

Arsenal eyed

As outlined above, though, the Citizens’ latest win did not only prove significant in guiding Guardiola and co. through to the next round of Europe’s elite club competition.

It also saw the Premier League champions-elect etch their names into the history books of the Champions League.

As revealed in the aftermath of this evening’s clash, City have now gone seven successive European games without allowing a single goal.

This marks the joint-2nd most ever in the competition, with the Manchester giants’ total of 706 straight minutes without conceding good enough for outright 2nd on the all-time list.

If the Sky Blues have genuine hopes of breaking the all-time record, though, they will need to navigate their way through both the competition’s quarter-finals and beyond, without seeing the ball fly past Ederson.

This comes with Arsenal having remarkably managed over 1,000 consecutive Champions League minutes without conceding back in 2006.


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