Monaco Vs Man City – Match Review

Manchester City were dumped out of the Champions League knockout stage last night after losing 3-1 (6-6 on aggregate) to Monaco at the Stade Louis II.

After a hectic first half which saw Monaco come out firing, the home side had a 2-0 lead after 29 minutes thanks to goals from 18 year old Kylian Mbappe and Fabinho putting them firmly in the driving seat.

The 18 year old has been the topic of much conversation recently and he came back to haunt City again with his 11th goal in his last 11 appearances in all competitions.

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Despite Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola promising to go to the second leg and attack Monaco in order to cancel them out, City failed to record a shot on target in the first half of the game.

Although the first half was controlled by Monaco, City started the second half much brighter and Leroy Sane turned the tie on its head in the 71st minute latching on to a loose ball in the six yard box.

With that away Goal City had enough for qualification into the quarter finals, although 13 minutes from tie Monaco struck again. Thomas Lemar free kick allowed Tiemoue Bakayoko to head in Monaco’s crucial third goal six minutes after City scored.

Monaco went on to win the game 3-1 putting them into the quarter finals on away goals. This defeat marks the first time in Guardiola’s managerial career he has not reached the semi-finals of this competition.

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Guardiola said after the game “I couldn’t convince them to attack” as he took responsibility for City’s defeat. He went on to tell BT sport:

“We played exceptional second half but we forgot to do that in the first. We wanted to defend aggressively. We were better in the second but it wasn’t enough.

“Normally we play to a good level but here we didn’t. We will learn. The team does not have a lot of experience.

“We will improve but this competition is so demanding. Sometimes we have to be special and be lucky. We were not.”

This leaves Leicester City to be the only English team in the last 8 of the competition in their debut season in Europe.

 

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