Manchester City look to seal quarter final spot

City's goalkeeping situation is now a mess, but after spending all that money on Claudio Bravo last season, it's hardly likely that they would reinvest at the position.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola vowed his team will not abandon their attacking DNA despite crashing out of the Champions League on Wednesday.

"It is not only because we want it more or have wanted it for longer, it doesn't make it more likely".

"It's going to be a tough test and we'll have to be on top of our game to stop them, knowing that if we do our best against them then we've got a good chance of winning the game".

Klopp enjoyed a good record against Guardiola when they were in charge of Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich respectively, but he says reports of the Catalan's demise have been greatly exaggerated.

"It's an important game before the national team break against one of the best teams in the Premier League".

The Reds presently find themselves fourth in the Premier League table with 55 points from 28 games, just a point and a place adrift of their next opponents, who have a game in hand. Monaco dominated the first half with their high-pressing causing huge problems to City's defence and stopping them passing through midfield and creating chances.

"A good test against one of the best teams in the Premier League".

Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim was delighted after his players rectified the costly mistakes they made in Manchester that threatened to undermine their European aspirations.

"I'm really looking forward to it because it's a real challenge on the technical side of the game". We played a few outstanding games, but we obviously get judged by the games where we are not very good.

The ledger was square at 6-6 after two legs following City's 5-3 home win at Etihad Stadium, but goals from Kylian Mbappe, Fabinho and Tiemoue Bakayoko saw overcome Leroy Sane's hopeful 71st-minute goal.

"That's the only thing you can do after a game like this", he said, insisting City were involved in "two really spectacular games" against a Monaco team both "really flying" and "full of confidence" in the league and in the Champions League.

And Klopp stressed the importance of not losing more ground tomorrow, adding: "City are the most hard team to play".

"We should concentrate on the football side", he said.

"I'll go for City to win 2-1. We gave them too much respect and ... we put ourselves in danger".

"It was two spectacular games".

"It's okay if you look at the attacking play, the technical skill and the way Guardiola wants to play, with a goalkeeper playing out from the back", the 65-year-old Swede, who spent a year at City as assistant to Sven-Goran Eriksson, said. What do you believe (his reaction was)?

"There is pressure and sometimes we are still not patient enough".

  • Julie Sanders