BUDAPEST: Manchester City advanced to the quarter-finals of the Champions League after early goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan beat Borussia Moenchengladbach 2-0 in Budapest, and 4-0 on aggregate.
The Champions League is the only trophy that Pep Guardiola has not lifted in his five years as Manchester City manager, and has never made it past the last eight.
But the English Premier League leaders now have a chance to end the drought next month after putting on a great performance in the Hungarian capital.
“What happened before is over. A bad game in the quarter -finals, or a default of a few minutes can punish you.
“Now they are all the best teams in Europe. The quality is getting higher and I hope we can maintain this spirit,” said Guardiola, who has won the Champions League with Barcelona twice.
De Bruyne and Gundogan were among the main pillars rested during the 3-0 Premier League win at Fulham last Saturday and City started fiercely to record their 24th win in their last 25 games.
After Phil Foden’s sixth-minute try was saved by Yann Sommer, De Bruyne opened the scoring in the 12th minute.
Six minutes later Foden made a pass for Gundogan to blast City’s second goal, and his 15th of the season.
The German club have lost all seven games since their manager Marco Rose announced he would be leaving the club at the end of the season to join Borussia Dortmund.