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Pep Guardiola says Manchester City will attack despite Monaco's attacking threat

May 20 2018, 01:34 | Irvin Gilbert

Aguero talks with Manchester City team-mate and fellow Argentinian Nicolas Otamendi

Aguero talks with Manchester City team-mate and fellow Argentinian Nicolas Otamendi

While City's adventurous attacking approach under Pep Guardiola has won admirers this season, their defensive prowess has left a little more to be desired.

"It will be hard", admitted Jardim.

City didn't register an attempt on goal in the first half as they were completely overrun in midfield.

"But we have to look forward to Liverpool (on Sunday) now because the season is not finished".

In the end, Pep Guardiola's UCL dream with City vanishes in France, while an impressive Monaco moves on to join Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Juventus, Leicester City and Atletico Madrid in the quarterfinals.

His flops let slip a two-goal lead as they were out-thought and out-fought by Monaco following the pulsating 5-3 victory at the Etihad last month.

"If one team can score a thousand million goals, it's Monaco", he added, with just a hint of exaggeration.

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Mental-wise and physical-wise, it's really good, and for us so important, because, for example, Roberto Firmino now has a problem. At the end of the day I get paid to keep the ball out of the back of the net and help the team.

Teams have combined for five or more goals in the first leg of a Champions League knockout round on 25 occasions. We didn't score enough and weren't defensively solid enough. That made it 5-5 on aggregate, with the Ligue 1 side ahead on away goals. But we're there on all fronts.

He said: "Normally we play to a good level but here we didn't".

"We can pull off a comeback as well".

City's fragile defence has been a problem the whole season, and one that has cost them any chance of winning the league, but Guardiola pinpointed another reason for losing to Monaco. We were not there and we were not there in the first 45 minutes.

"We have to recover because it was quite a hard game and then we have to think about Liverpool".

De Bruyne also felt that City must improve their performances in high-pressure games if they hope to be fighting for some of the most prestigious trophies on a regular basis.

They play top-four rivals Liverpool on Sunday, followed by Chelsea and Arsenal after the global break, and Clichy says they must put the Monaco defeat to the back of their minds quickly. Barcelona and Real Madrid scored from them last week. But when Sane scores I think Pep is thinking "this is ideal, we can control the game from here".

It will be his 100th European game as a manager. Among the eight best teams in Europe, Monaco progressed after the triumph over Manchester City, 3-1, while Atletico Madrid kept their advantage from the first game against Bayer Leverkusen in a game that ended without goals.

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