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Published: Sun, March 19, 2017
Sports | By Jaime Goodwin

Guardiola not ready for City to go on the defensive against Liverpool

Guardiola not ready for City to go on the defensive against Liverpool

The forward's pace was too much to handle for City and Mbappe put Monaco in the driving seat with a goal after eight minutes, proving a nightmare for the visitors' defense.

Manchester City could recall Yaya Toure and Nicolas Otamendi, both of whom dropped to the bench in Wednesday's defeat by Monaco.

The former Arsenal defender has picked out Manchester City's winger Leroy Sane as a huge danger and compared him to a "young Ryan Giggs". It has the coach, certainly the finest of his generation, now Guardiola needs the squad to deliver on his vision - starting at the back.

"It is a massive disappointment", right back Bacary Sagna said.

"We didn't let them touch the ball in that first half", he said.

City barely set foot in Monaco's half and in the 29th minute, Fabinho fired home from Benjamin Mendy's inchperfect centre. It's the same situation for Pablo Zabaleta, who remained on the bench as City's pursuit of a first European Cup ended in the round of 16.

"Away from home, Liverpool are not almost as threatening as they should be", Keown told the Daily Mail.

Turning around a 5-3 deficit from the first leg appeared to be a tall order for Monaco, but instead looked rather too easy as the home side cruised into a 2-0 lead within 30 minutes and then quickly responded to City's brief second-half fightback to reach the quarterfinals on away goals.

In addition, there has been speculation over the futures of Vincent Kompany, Sergio Aguero, Claudio Bravo, Fernando and Fabian Delph.

John Stones could make his 100th Premier League appearance. But Guardiola has been reassured by the reaction from City's powerbrokers.

After suffering disappointment at the hands of Monaco in the Champions League, Pep Guardiola's men are likely to go for the Reds all guns blazing.

Paul Merson is tipping Manchester City to secure a 3-2 win over Liverpool in the Premier League at The Etihad on Sunday afternoon.

Liverpool plays host to City on Sunday in fourth place, with Guardiola's City just a point ahead in third. Striker Divick Origi has a slight knock that will likely pave the way for Firmino to try and punish the Citizens once again. It's an enormous joy, I didn't expect it. "He has had a few problems with a calf which we couldn't sort quickly enough. We deserved it by far - we've played four away games [in the FA Cup] and at the beginning of this game we showed the people that we want to travel to London and be in the semi-final".

Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte (in the game at Anfield) adopted a more cautious, circumspect approach and the games against Man Utd and Chelsea account for three of Liverpool's four draws in that unbeaten run against the elite.

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