Published: Sat, March 18, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Fabinho Says Monaco Will Stick To Adventurous Style Against City

Fabinho Says Monaco Will Stick To Adventurous Style Against City

Hardly the way Guardiola, twice a victor as manager of a world-beating Barcelona side, wanted to celebrate taking charge of his 100th match in European competition. Manchester City's marking was woeful.

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

"I am sure tomorrow will be a fantastic game again".

Two players will be key to the game, says The Guardian.

"If you are passive against City you have no chance".

Guardiola is still disappointed in his wards considering the fact that this will be the first time he is facing elimination in the Champions League round of 16 in his career as a manager.

We imagine Klopp's referring to sides like Burnley, Sunderland and Manchester United, who've played direct, ugly football against us this season - to irritatingly decent effect.

That is either naive or just reckless.

Guardiola said he had received a text message from City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak in the wake of the club's 3-1 defeat to Monaco on Wednesday.

City were bad. Simply terrible.

Fabinho doubled Monaco's advantage and, although Leroy Sane briefly had City heading through on aggregate, Tiemoue Bakayoko's 77th-minute header sealed an unforgettable away goals triumph. "I did in the second half but it was too late". We wanted to correct that but we weren't clinical enough in both boxes.

Al Mubarak told Guardiola he realised how hard it is to win the Champions League, and the coach added: "I know better than him how it works so when results happen, we are always going to take a decisions".

It nearly feels the narrow exit, on away goals after a 6-6 aggregate draw, only serves to paper over the cracks because, on this evidence, Guardiola needs a complete rebuild in defence and also in midfield.

The fleet-footed Sane was one of City's best players in the first leg and came alive after the break, smashing the ball into the roof of the net after Danijel Subasic's save from Raheem Sterling's low shot fell right into his path. Why was the second half a problem with the defence?

"My mistake was being unable to convince them to do that". But City were at least building up a head of steam.

That early pressure was quickly rewarded as Mbappe, who had already forced Willy Caballero to make one save, opened the scoring in the eighth minute. We camped out in their half of the pitch.

Their joy and hope was short-lived though, largely because of their shocking marking. And it's still March!

"For players and managers, it depends on the results, but I want to be involved in that as much as possible to help my team to make the next step".

And they have done it on a fraction of the budget.

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