Man City are out of the champions league
Monaco 3- 1 Manchester City
Mbappe(8), Tavares (29), Bakayoko (77) – Sane (71)
Man city crash out of the champions league, on away goals. It will be a difficult defeat to accept because, over two legs, they scored 6 goals. In European football, that is a difficult task, however, their Achilles heel cos them the game, the back four, who let in 6 goals, many of which were sloppy and preventable. It is something that you cannot afford to do at this level. PSG V Barca showed us exactly how not to approach this type of game; leaders, game management and resolute defending need to be the cornerstone of any real champions league team. Something Man City lack with Kompany out.
- Bakayoko heads in unmarked late on to give Monaco away goals winner
- Sane smashed in on the rebound to briefly put City ahead in the tie
- City responded in second half after poor first period
- Mbappe and Fabinho had put Monaco in charge in first half
- Man City had plenty of chances, Aguero missed several good opportunities.
You have to give credit to Monaco. They started the game in unbelievable form. There was electricity about the players. There was hunger and they were too hot for City to handle.
City are not good enough defensively. They scored but it was too little too late and you knew Monaco would score again.
Just watching Manchester City’s defending for the free-kick that led to Monaco’s decisive goal and it’s truly woeful stuff. I’d be fuming if I saw that in League Two – high line, no-one picking up runners, no-one commanding the box.
Pep Guardiola’s reaction was to whack the top of the dugout before stamping his feet. He was fuming. Despite that, you almost expected another 95th-minute winner from Man City, but their hopes were dashed by the match referee, who only played 3 mins of extra time, which should have been closer to 6.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, talking to 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.
“The second half we had the chances and we didn’t take them and that is why we are out. And set-pieces are so important at this level. Barcelona and Real Madrid scored from them last week. We were not there and we were not there in the first 45 minutes.
“We will improve but this competition is so demanding. Sometimes we have to be special and be lucky. We were not.”
On the same night, Pep Guardiola becomes the most successful manager in European club competition after 100 games despite this defeat. Scant consolation for his first taste of exiting the competition at this stage.
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Bakayoko breaks Man City hearts. BT Sport, video