Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says his side “have to be more clinical” despite seeing another dominant display sweep aside Borussia Monchengladbach for a 19th successive win.
Guardiola’s team – favourites to win their first Champions League title this season – were far too good for their meek last-16 opposition in Budapest, and perhaps should have added to the first-leg lead given to them by Bernardo Silva and Gabriel Jesus.
With Wednesday’s triumph, Manchester City have now won 12 consecutive away matches in all competitions, which breaks the record for an English top-flight side.
The previous mark was already held by Manchester City, who won 11 games in a row away from home in 2017.
Additionally, Manchester City are the first team to record a clean sheet in each of their first four away matches of a Champions League campaign since their crosstown rivals Manchester United did so during the 2010-11 tournament.
During this season’s Champions League run, Manchester City have faced just nine shots in those four away games, allowing just 13 total touches in their box.
The win over Gladbach bodes well going forward, as Manchester City have progressed from all four of their Champions League two-legged knockout ties in which they’ve won the first leg away from the Etihad.
Gladbach, appearing at this stage of the competition for the first time in 43 years, had no answer and would need something close to a sporting miracle to turn the tie around when the sides meet in Manchester on 16 March.