Manchester City were knocked out of the Champions League last night after Monaco struck late to overturn the first leg deficit of of 5-3 at the the Etihad a fortnight ago.The victory cemented Monaco’s position in the Champions League quarter finals.
Pep Guardiola guided men were on the brink of storming the quarter finals but it all went against them as they allowed a third goal for the hosts.The goal meant that City had no option thaN to dig dipper for two away goals in order to proceed.
The Ligue 1 side started the scoring through Kylian Mbappe from a close range, the score line however meant that Monaco have scored 123 goals so far this season and they deservedly took the advantage to double their lead punishing City’s sluggish start through Fabinho’s crisp strike.
Manchester City looked dormant and blunt as they failed to launch any sort of shot in the opening 45 minutes until the 65th minute for Sergio Aguero to call goalkeeper Danijel Subasic into action as he produced a sharp save.
However, they forced their way into the game – and back into the aggregate lead as Leroy Sane swept in when Subasic parried Raheem Sterling’s low strike, but their defense could not hold out.
It was 13 minutes left on the clock before Tiemoue Bakayoko headed home a third adding on the earlier two goals for his side sinking the hopes of the Citizens to proceed.It is the first time Gurdiola has exited the Champions League at this stage.
Pep Guardiola has admitted that his maiden City season will be a failure if he cannot deliver a trophy, but barring a dramatic Chelsea collapse in the Premier League, the Spaniard’s only realistic hope of silverware is now the FA Cup.
Despite Monaco missing their star striker Radamel Falcao it was all team work from the League 1 leaders as they overpowered the English bigwigs to a fine comeback.The home side took the game to City, allowing them little time and space on the ball, forcing errors and taking their chances superbly.
Following the defeat,Pep Guardiola said that his men did not produce enough against the French giants. “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”,said Guardiola.
Monaco qualified to the last eight stage by an aggregate of 6-6 with the advantage of three away goals.