Published: Sat, March 18, 2017
Sports | By Jaime Goodwin

Monaco eliminate Manchester City

Monaco eliminate Manchester City

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola shows his frustration on the bench as his side loses to Monaco in the Champions League last 16 tie on Wednesday night.

Three weeks ago, City had rallied from 3-2 down with three goals in the last 20 minutes and Pep Guardiola's side needed another comeback on the French Riviera.

With the result standing at 5-5 on aggregate and Monaco leading on away goals, City just had to score to get back into it.

Right-back Sagna said: "It is a massive disappointment".

"It's simple. The difference was between the first and the second half". We've got a lot of good players at Liverpool too, but I think as a team we play a different style, everyone works together and we need to do that the way we play. We wanted to correct that but we weren't clinical enough in both boxes. Given the hype that accompanies coverage these days - and the view that nothing sells like negativity - it's no wonder some critics are referring to Sunday's game as "football for their [the managers"] future'. I always feel he is there, so close to the team, so close to me, and he understands.

"I have more power than ever to shape the squad", he said.

City grew into the game midway through the second half and there was a sense the goal was coming when Sane fired into the roof of the net.

"We know that City likes to play with a high defensive line".

"At half-time we said we couldn't keep going this way or we are out".

The thrilling nature of Monaco's progress to the quarter-finals will only boost Mbappe's stock as one of the most exciting youngsters in world football. It's an important moment in the season, but I don't think we should involve this type of pressure.

The Merseyside club are unbeaten against the other teams in the current top-six this season, winning five of their nine league games against City, Manchester United, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea.

"We have to be at our best to get anything". Thanks to Bakayoko for taking us into the quarter-final.

Atletico is trying to return to the final after losing to Real Madrid last season.

City were outplayed in the opening half and found themselves 2-0 down at the break. "And that doesn't make it easier", the 25-year-old told British media.

"Maybe a few people are but I am not".

The German club still had another chance in the same move, but the shot by Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez missed wide of the far post as Oblak watched.

City lost the second leg 3-1 on Wednesday to go out on away goals. Man City are reeling from their Champions League exit in midweek and will be looking to bounce back against a side that embarrassed them 4-1 last season in this fixture. Sunday's Premier League meeting with Liverpool comes, therefore, at a hard time.

Firstly, Angel Correa was denied before Koke's low driven shot was turned behind by the German worldwide.

"The second half didn't reflect the whole scoreline".

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