CL: Monaco knock Man City out

  • CL: Monaco knock Man City out

CL: Monaco knock Man City out

With the Round of 16 matches coming to an end last week, the roster for this season's UEFA Champions League quarter-finalists featured six heavyweights, namely, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Dortmund, Juventus, and Real Madrid while the two others being underdogs Monaco and surprise package Leicester City.

That is the belief of the head of one of their prominent supporters groups.

Relying on a bunch of hyper talented youngsters, Monaco prevailed 3-1 on Wednesday to eliminate City on away goals after the tie ended 6-6 on aggregate, pressing and attacking like there was no tomorrow in a breathtaking first half.

Simeone's men have lost out in the final to cross city rivals Real Madrid in two of the past three seasons.

On both occasions City produced lacklustre performances in the decisive away legs but went out only by narrow margins.

"The set-piece broke our tempo and rhythm at the right moment (for them)", Guardiola said.

"[Against Liverpool] I expect a reaction from this team". I still can't explain it nearly 24 hours on. They didn't have to score - they just had to keep Monaco at bay.

"Very sloppy. Not up to our standard in the first half".

"There nearly seemed no belief in that semi-final".

But Monaco had the last say on the night when Tiemoue Bakayoko headed in the victor after 77 minutes to make aggregate scores 6-6.

"That probably surprises me more than anything, that a player would miss that opportunity".

"I don't think we are the favourites", Klopp told reporters.

"I'm a bit down about it". We are thinking about how to get better. Asked whether Monaco should fear a team in the quarter-finals or if they should be feared instead, coach Leonardo Jardim said: "The second option. My mistake was being not able to convince them".

Guardiola and his players have come in for criticism and with fourth-placed Liverpool only a point behind going into this weekend's clash, the pressure is on to bounce back. When we play like the manager wants we can create problems for any team and if we'd started the game like we did the second half it could have been different. Some of it is justified, some not.

"City have had a hard time in Europe, which is new for this club, but past year we did great in the Champions League", the Belgian added.

"But I'm not unhappy with Pep, I'm more than happy with him". That's what has been our strength this season, we're not afraid to play. However, the damage had already been done as the hosts registered their 17th clean sheet in their last 21Champions League home games.