Manchester City continued their impressive winning run with a 2-0 win against Borussia Monchengladbach in the Champions League on Wednesday night, giving themselves an excellent chance of progressing through to the quarter-finals as a result.
Goals from Bernardo Silva and Gabriel Jesus gave Pep Guardiola’s side the win, in a game that was completely controlled by the confident Citizens.
Although Joao Cancelo will earn a lot of the plaudits for his fabulous display, with the Portuguese defender playing a key role in both goals, it was perhaps the performance of his international compatriot Ruben Dias that stood out the most in Budapest.
As per SofaScore, the summer signing would earn an impressive 7.2 match rating for his display, with only Aymeric Laporte, Kyle Walker, Cancelo and Silva rated higher of the City players on the evening.
City dominated possession against Marco Rose’s side, having 61% of the ball, and that was largely down to Dias’ efficiency with the ball.
The 23-year-old, who reportedly earns £115k per week at City, would have the most touches of any player on the pitch with 132, whilst he also completed a superb 125/27 passes, resulting in a near-perfect 98% pass accuracy.
As a result of Dias’ superb ball retention, Monchengladbach were unable to trouble City, with their only real opportunity of the game coming in the final moments after a loose pass from Rodri, forcing Ederson into his only save of the game.
The former Benfica man has averaged 84.6 passes per game and a 93.1% pass accuracy in the Premier League this season, which demonstrates that he took his passing game to another level in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
For comparison, Monchengladbach’s centre-back pairing of Nico Elvedi and Matthias Ginter would complete 131 passes between them, only six more than Dias managed on his own.
Therefore, whilst Cancelo was the difference going forward, Guardiola once again has Dias to thank for why City were able to be so defensively sound and effective in possession on Wednesday.