Manchester City defeat Monaco after goal bonanza
- Author: Julie Sanders Feb 22, 2017,
Feb 22, 2017, 13:43
The first goal is a mistake, the second goal again.
And Guardiola said afterwards: "A lot of things happened". Still everything is open.
'We understood immediately they are going to attack with runs in behind.
"You could see we had the desire to win". "Huge compliment to the players to be there - don't give up and be there. That is why we are still alive".
While the likes of Aguero, Stones or Willy Caballero will probably take numerous headlines - the latter two managed to atone for mistakes with key contributions, with Caballero saving a penalty from Radamel Falcao and making a brilliant late stop - Sterling perhaps deserves to be considered the man of the match from the action-packed contest.
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.
In the Atletico vs Leverkusen game played in Germany, the Spanish team took the lead through Saul Niguez who scored a curling effort from the right.
"Today the lesson was we never gave up and sometimes we were lucky, particularly in the second half, but then very unlucky in the first half".
"Monaco are the most successful team in Europe in terms of scoring goals, so this is a tough draw", said Guardiola. That is my target - not to defend the result.
"All of Europe will watch us, to analyse us, to kill us if we don't win or say how good we are if we do win". We are going to adjust something, they are going to adjust something, but you have to go there to score goals.
But Monaco's own defensive deficiencies saw Aguero and Stones score from corners before Aguero teed up Sane for City's fifth goal. "Obviously it's a sacrifice I have to make, that we all have to make, and fortunately tonight it worked and we'll see if it keeps working in the next game". These are the players Guardiola has and this is the system which allows them to play to their best ability as they try to get to grips with the Catalan's unique football.
"I want to convince the players to enjoy that moment. But we will have our chances", said the City manager.
Monaco answered soon after, with Falcao heading home following a disgusting giveaway from goalkeeper Willy Caballero.
"The game is not finished, we have one game to play away in Monaco. I think we played well for the first 60 minutes", he told beIN Sports.