Published: Thu, March 16, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Manchester City look to seal quarter final spot

Manchester City look to seal quarter final spot

Pep Guardiola loses for the first time in the Round of 16 as Manchester City limp out of the Champions League at the hands of Monaco.

Then it was Fabinho, in the right place at the right time, to leave City stunned, making it 2-0 before the half-hour mark.

"If you think only about defending for 90 minutes because you won 5-3, you kill yourself".

For a club that has eschewed the big-spending approach to produce their own talent, Monaco will always be vulnerable to wealthy rivals luring their best players away for big fees.

It will be hard for City to stop him but if they can cut off the hosts' supply line to the attackers, that will be a start.

City will take on Monaco on Wednesday for their round-of-16 second leg clash.

Captain Vincent Kompany will hope to feature for only the second time since November.

In the day's other game, Atletico Madrid also progressed, drawing Bayer Leverkusen 0-0 to protect its 4-2 lead from the first leg, with help from some incredible heroics by goalkeeper Jan Oblak.

Last season, City finally reached the semifinals, which felt like the breakthrough in a years-long ascent to the European mountaintop. "One thing is sure, for us to qualify in our current state, we'll need to score three goals". But as shown in the first leg, Manchester City are just as capable of scoring freely, having put five past Danijel Subašić at the Etihad.

It did seem, however, that the tide had turned and Monaco were maybe starting to feel the pace after such a high-energy start.

Since their defeat at Manchester, Monaco have gone on to win four straight, and now sit atop the French Ligue 1, three points clear of Paris Saint-Germain.

Six minutes later, though, a Tiemoue Bakayoko header gave Monaco the advantage again, delivering the final punch to City and ensuring Leicester City would be the only Premier League team remaining in the competition.

Monaco's frontline is in sensational form this season, Bernardo Silva being the main spearhead of their attack, as they have scored a whopping 84 goals in the French league. One clever pass found Raheem Sterling, whose cut-back to Aguero was intercepted by Andrea Raggi at the crucial moment.

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