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Guardiola insists Man City not Champions League favourites following Gladbach victory

Manchester City have taken a commanding 2-0 lead in their Champions League last-16 tie with Borussia Monchengladbach.

The German outfit were forced to play their home leg in Hungary due to coronavirus travel restrictions.

And Marco Rose's side barely laid a glove on City throughout the 90 minutes.

The runaway Premier League league leaders opened the scoring after 29 minutes through Bernard Silva, who headed in a fine cross from Joao Cancelo.

Gabriel Jesus doubled the advantage halfway through the second-half after Silva connected on another fine Cancelo cross to set-up the Brazilian.

The second leg will be played at the Etihad on March 16.

And Pep Guardiola insists his side are not favourites to win the competition.

"In general, we controlled the game. Unfortunately today we were not clinical enough up front.

"That is something we have to improve in this competition. Up front we have to be more clinical. In this competition you have to be perfect to make sure you go through.

"When I see Bayern Munich I don't think we are favourites. My target is West Ham in three days.

"If people say we are favourites we have to accept it, but a team who in their whole history has been a semi-final once OK, they say it, we have to accept it."

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