Manchester City v AS Monaco, Champions League 2016/17
- Author: Julie Sanders Feb 22, 2017,
Feb 22, 2017, 11:15
"You have to live these kind of situations - to be in trouble and overcome the situation - to get better, to be a better club, a better team".
"Today, the lesson is, we never gave up".
Pep Guardiola's men were exposed defensively, but Radamel Falcao, a former Manchester United and Chelsea flop, showed what he is capable of with a sublime chipped effort over Willy Caballero.
Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim said his team had paid for "defensive errors", but said the "key moment" had been Falcao's failure to convert his penalty early in the second half.
City's last game ended goalless with Championship side Huddersfield Town on Saturday and they take on the free-scoring Ligue 1 side at the Etihad.
Pep Guardiola says Manchester City will be harshly criticsed for a loss to Monaco on Tuesday.
Wanting to know a bit more about Guardiola, the newspaper asked Perarnau about the Spaniard's hard beginnings in the Premier League, with the Citizens quite some way behind Premier League rookie Antonio Conte and his Chelsea side after 25 games. "That's why we take a lot of credit with this result". "But in other respects we can not compare the teams, such as in their respective transfer market weight".
"We attack the small spaces and defend the large ones; I love to play in this way". "It's so, so hard but we created a lot of chances and I don't know if Monaco have seen a team create as many chances as we did against them tonight. Looking forward to playing against them, just compliments because they are a really good team". "He is a good professional, a nice guy and I am happy he is back at his level scoring goals". What he wants, above everything, from all the players is that we push a little more.
The visitors were 2-1 up when Otamendi was penalised for going through the back of Falcao, but the Colombian dallied over his spot-kick and then saw a tame shot parried by Caballero. And he has every reason to fear Monaco who "play like an expensive, sexy Leicester", according to JJ Bull of the Daily Telegraph.
There seemed no end to the surprises of this game as Aguero volleyed home into the bottom-right corner of the goal from the left of the box in the 71st minute from a great Silva corner from the right.
"We have a short history in the Champions League, it is the fourth time we play in the eighth final [last 16]", he said.