Tuesday's Champions League games make goal-scoring history

Feb 23, 2017, 00:20
Tuesday's Champions League games make goal-scoring history

I am happier than my colleague from Monaco because at 2-0 [two goals behind] we are out.

I can not see City playing any other way because, defensively, they are not the best - however they are set up.

I've been to St Etienne a few times as a fan and while they don't get huge numbers it's quite a hostile stadium to go into.

He said afterwards, "The truth is that those things are for the manager to decide, the only thing I can do is keep fighting to be able to play".

There was perhaps a risk in going toe-to-toe with a team who have scored 76 goals in 26 domestic French league games and had already soared past the century in all competitions this season, but the gamble paid off handsomely.

Man City vs. Monaco on Tuesday was an absolute showstopper. But no, we are lucky guys. The full-backs play like wingers; the wingers play like attacking midfielder; the two strikers are fighters.

"If one team can score a thousand-million goals, it's Monaco", Guardiola said.

I am not surprised Guardiola says his side will fly to Monaco for the second leg looking to score as many goals as possible.

Were it not for Willy Caballero the visitors would have scored a couple more goals, with the City goalkeeper saving a second-half penalty from Radamel Falcao and then denying him again on the stroke of full-time with a superb save. He could have even scored a second goal on an individual action.

Manchester City are in control of the last-16 tie ahead of the return leg on March 15, but at several moments during the first leg their European destiny appeared to be hanging by a thread. They are not afraid to attack and not afraid to play 4-4-2 against a massive team like City. They are physically strong and are a top, top team. After Arsenal's humiliation in Munich and Leicester's travails, which mean they can't expect to go far against Sevilla, "the responsibility of representing the Premier League in Europe's elite competition is therefore likely to fall on Guardiola's shoulders", says Paul Hirst of The Times.

Monaco are expected to provide a stern test having taken charge of the Ligue 1 title race ahead of a Paris Saint-Germain side that thrashed Barcelona last week. I think we showed more.

City could concentrate on stopping that from happening by keeping their full-backs deeper and denying Monaco's wide players space to run into.

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