Published: Sun, March 19, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Man City v Liverpool: Back Reds to sink City again

Man City v Liverpool: Back Reds to sink City again

Guardiola's tactics during the 3-1 defeat at Monaco that saw City bow out of the Champions League at the last-16 stage on away goals came in for criticism, as lone holding midfielder Fernandinho was unable to adequately shield an exposed back four from a first-half onslaught.

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.

But Guardiola - in his first season at the Etihad - insists he has al-Mubarak's full confidence going forward.

"To be able to play under a manager that shows so much enthusiasm and so much passion would be a pleasure and an honour", Kewell told Omnisport. However, you can also keep up-to-date with all the action on the Sun Football App you can download here or also follow the action on the Sunsport live blog.

City are [2.04] favourites to rebound from their European disappointment while Liverpool are [3.95] to do the Premier League double over the Citizens for the second season running.

The Spaniard says he feels close to Al Mubarak in a similar way to Juan Laporta, who was Barcelona president during his time in charge at the Nou Camp. Today is one of my best moments as a coach but I hope it will not be the last. "I am really impressed". "I appreciate that a lot".

City had kept six consecutive clean sheets in all competitions before facing Leonardo Jardim's swashbuckling Monaco and Guardiola has been pleased with the form of John Stones.

Pep Guardiola has received the backing of Khaldoon al-Mubarak, the chairman, despite Manchester City's Champions League elimination at Monaco in midweek and said he has never felt more powerful as a manager.

"I've been very fortunate to play in a lot of good teams, with a lot of good players", Milner said.

"I think they've had a little bit of a stumbling block but everyone goes through that in a season, so I can't see them stumbling any more. That is my impression". "We changed the system and I think it worked quite well, we managed to create more chances, but unfortunately we didn't score (enough)". But they can learn, that's all you can do.

"What I also know is that if you are passive against City you have no chance - you have to be active, you have to be fearless".

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

The loss marks the first time that a Guardiola side have failed to make the last eight of the Champions League.

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