Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan says his side still have a way to go before they become genuine contenders to win the Champions League. The Citizens go into the game away to Borussia Monchengladbach knowing that a win or a draw would put them well on the way to the knockout stages of the competition, with Gundogan urging his colleagues to utilise the confidence gained from a superb 3-1 win over Barcelona last time out.
We will be the outsiders. We will have to play (outside) our limit to have a chance.
The Germany international told the Manchester Evening News: “The game at Gladbach will be very tough, but we want the points there as well.
“It is about getting used to playing these teams all the time, more than once or twice. Then you know what it is to play these big games – how to prepare for the games and how to handle specific situations within the game.
“It’s all about having that experience and we are getting there – there is still a way to go, but we are doing well.”
Citizens skipper Vincent Kompany is a major doubt for the game in Germany, having missed training on Tuesday after suffering a head injury during the 2-1 win at Crystal Palace at the weekend.
Meanwhile, Borussia head coach Andre Schubert is well aware of the size of the task facing his side on Wednesday evening.
He added: “We are playing against one of the best teams, who have the potential to get to the semi-finals or the final.
“We will be the outsiders. We will have to play (outside) our limit to have a chance.”
Die Fohlen can be backed at 3/1 to claim a draw on Wednesday evening and are 5/1 to keep a clean sheet, with the visitors priced at 9/1 to secure a 2-0 victory.
The meeting of the two sides at the Etihad Stadium just over two months ago ended in a 4-0 win for City, with Sergio Aguero scoring a hat-trick.