UEFA Champions League Manchester City v Monchengladbach rearranged for 7.45pm

Manchester City will host Borussia Monchengladbach 24 hours later than planned in the Champions League at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday.

  • Published:
24/7 Live - Subscribe to the Pulse Newsletter!

The postponed Champions League Group C match between Manchester City and Borussia Monchengladbach has been rearranged for 7.45pm local time on Wednesday.

It means the sides will kick-off 24 hours after originally planned at the Etihad Stadium due to a torrential downpour in Manchester shortly after 6pm that put paid to Tuesday's fixture.

Standing water on the playing surface meant Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers and his team of officials struggled to move a ball along the pitch during an inspection less than an hour before the scheduled start, while City goalkeepers Claudio Bravo and Willy Caballero swiftly abandoned their planned warm-up.

However, it was flooding in areas around the stadium that City cited in a statement released to confirm a 7.25pm postponement on safety and security grounds

The decision was made by City's safety inspection group in conjunction with UEFA officials and the two clubs, while the pitch drained impressively enough to appear in fine condition for top-level football.

Monchengladbach face Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga on Saturday and spokesman Markus Aretz told reporters his club were pushing for an earlier kick-off on Wednesday, with 6pm their preference on account of wanting to fly back to Germany earlier than Thursday morning.

However, the upshot of a meeting between representatives from City, Monchengladbach and European football's governing body at 9.30pm – taking place after the two-hour window outlined as a resolution period for postponed fixtures in UEFA's competition regulations – was a 7.45pm Wednesday start.

Practicalities in terms of matchday staffing and stewarding meant City were unable to make a 6pm start work, while the Premier League club offered Monchengladbach accommodation at their City Football Academy adjacent to the Etihad Stadium.

"We asked UEFA and Manchester City play at 6pm because, for sporting reasons we wanted to fly back to Germany," Aretz explained.

"That was important for us but City could not make that possible. They said we had to play at 7.45 like today.

"So UEFA had to make the decision to play at 7.45. We are not happy with that. We have to take it like it is.

"A hotel is no problem. City offered us to spend the next night in the Academy. That was no help because hotel was not a problem.

"I think it is always a disadvantage when you have to stay one day longer than planned. I think, for the away team, it is a disadvantage without fans."

Manchester city centre suffered flash flooding and the Metrolink tram service – a major commuter route to the ground– was suspended as a result of Tuesday's downpour, with the majority of the 1,500 travelling supporters now facing hastily rearranged travel or a fruitless trip.

Monchengladbach midfielder Oscar Wendt said: "We are disappointed for the fans because 90 per cent of them will probably not be able to watch the rearranged game," he said.

"But if the decision had to be taken for safety reasons then we understand it and respect it."

Do you ever witness news or have a story that should be featured on Pulse Ghana?
Submit your stories, pictures and videos to us now via WhatsApp: +233507713497, Social Media @pulseghana: #PulseEyewitness & DM or Email: eyewitness@pulse.com.gh.

Recommended Articles

Recommended Videos





Top Articles

1 Let Me Die! How Countryman Songo mourned KABA in the middle of the...bullet
2 Ghana or Newcastle? Who’s to blame for Christian Atsu’s injury?...bullet
3 Black Stars Divorce from my wife made me stronger – John Mensahbullet
4 Business-Minded Players Asamoah Gyan and 6 other Ghanaian players...bullet
5 Ghanaian Players Abroad Asamoah Gyan- I was a major transfer...bullet
6 Ghana Premier League Kwame Kizito begs Hearts of Oak to let...bullet
7 Legendary 5 great football players who retired in 2017bullet
8 Ghanaian Players Abroad Asamoah Gyan regrets his decision...bullet
9 World Cup 2018 Nigerian players reject bonus structure...bullet
10 Ghanaian Players Abroad Goalkeeper Razak Brimah...bullet

Top Videos

1 Video Andre Ayew’s screamer wins Premier League Goal for Octoberbullet
2 Asamoah Gyan Gyan to Real Madridbullet
3 Video Highlights of former Ghana and Ajax midfielder who passed awaybullet
4 Video This sumptuous Ayew’s goal nominated for goal of the month awardbullet
5 John Mensah Divorce from my wife made me stronger - John Mensahbullet
6 Video Ghanaians will forever love Junior Agogo for this goalbullet
7 Video Watch Andre Ayew's brace against Tottenhambullet
8 Video Ex-Manchester United defender shown red for kicking fanbullet
9 Video Watch how France whipped Ghana 8-0 on Mondaybullet
10 Messi Lionel Messi's hat-trick sends Argentina to Russiabullet

Football