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Lars Stindl admits Manchester City were 'a step too far' for Gladbach

By Rune Gjerulff

Gladbach captain Lars Stindl has shared his thoughts on Tuesday's defeat to Manchester City.

Lars Stindl.
Lars Stindl.Photo: Borussia Mönchengladbach

Lars Stindl has admitted that coming up against Manchester City in the Champions League 'was a step too far' for Borussia Mönchengladbach.

The Gladbach captain shared his thoughts on the difficult last-16 tie with City, which saw 'Die Fohlen' exit 4-0 on aggregate after Tuesday's 2-0 defeat.

"This tie was against one of the best teams in the world. We had very little grip and very few chances because City were unbelievably good again. We expected a lot of ourselves and created a few half-chances, but one of them had to go in," Stindl told reporters after the game.

"We tried to play our way through, but against a side like this that play the way they do, it’s so hard and they were better than us over 180 minutes. You have no time and space and the time window to play the ball deep shrinks quickly.

"We didn't get in the decisive areas enough. A goal would have done a world of good because we put the hard yards in tonight. They were so good and, for us, I think we have to accept that it was a step too far."

Tuesday's defeat means Gladbach have now lost their last seven games in all competitions.

Manchester C
2Kyle Walker
5John Stones
3Rúben Dias ↩70
27João Cancelo ↩63
16Rodri Hernández ↩63
8İlkay Gündoğan ↩70
26Riyad Mahrez
17Kevin De Bruyne (C)
47Philip Foden
20Bernardo Silva ↩75
13Zack Steffen
33Scott Carson
7Raheem Sterling ↪70
9Gabriel Jesus
10Sergio Agüero ↪75
21Ferrán Torres
6Nathan Aké
11Oleksandr Zinchenko ↪63
14Aymeric Laporte ↪70
22Benjamin Mendy
50Eric García
25Fernandinho ↪63
1Yann Sommer
18Stefan Lainer
28Matthias Ginter
30Nico Elvedi ↩88
25Ramy Bensebaini ↩88
32Florian Neuhaus
8Denis Zakaria
23Jonas Hofmann
13Lars Stindl (C) ↩80
10Marcus Thuram ↩65
36Breel-Donald Embolo ↩65
21Tobias Sippel
31Max Grün
7Patrick Herrmann
14Alassane Pléa ↪65
16Ibrahima Traoré ↪80
3Michael Lang
15Louis Beyer
17Oscar Wendt ↪88
24Tony Jantschke ↪88
6Christoph Kramer
11Hannes Wolf ↪65
19Valentino Lazaro

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