Pep Guardiola pumped up for Champions League return

Do you want Man City to win the Champions League?

“The first thing I’ll say is that maybe this was one of the most incredible matches in the Champions League this season”, he told reporters.

He must get used to playing in major games like this.

I just can not see City keeping a clean sheet and there are too many more disciplined teams left in the competition who will not give them the same number of chances Monaco did. Or do you think Monaco has a good chance to claiming victory?

City trailed with 3-2 with just 20 minutes remaining but will now take a two-goal advantage to Monaco for the second leg on March 15.

“That is why people are talking a bit less about Man City than the other teams”.

But in a stunning turnaround, Sergio Aguero volleyed in a 71st-minute equalizer for his second goal of the night, John Stones prodded home from a corner in the 77th, and Leroy Sane pushed City farther ahead with a tap-in in the 82nd. With Manchester City begging for a penalty, referee Antonio Mateu instead disciplined Aguero.

“We have to not underestimate them, and try to score goals again”.

Aguero briefly lost his place to Jesus, raising questions over how he fitted into Guardiola’s plans and whether he had a long-term future at the club.

He nearly laughed when asked if he was happy to see his team play in such an open manner.

City leveled matters after 58 minutes as Aguero fired home at the near post after an error from goalkeeper, Danijel Subasic.

Just three minutes into the second half, Monaco were awarded a soft penalty when Nicolas Otamendi was adjudged to have fouled Falcao when the striker attempted to get on the end of a cross, but Caballero made a comfortable save down to his left.

“The club took a different direction with the ownership and we are trying to go in that direction, but it is not going to be until we are two times in the semi-final that people will say that we do the same things like the best teams in Europe”.

Guardiola will want his back-line to be more disciplined than they were at Etihad Stadium but, in the space of three weeks, he can not mould them into a solid unit that will be able to keep Monaco out.

“This experience will help us”.

“Monaco has more history than us in the competition and you need this kind of experience to learn and improve”.

Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal and putting Monaco 2-1 up before the break.

“Both holding midfielders are intelligent, physically strong, they arrive to the box”.

“It [the result] could be better, could be worse”.

Pep Guardiola believes Monaco’s free-flowing attacking style is the key ingredient in Radamel Falcao’s late career resurgence ahead of his Manchester City side tackling the Ligue 1 leaders in the Champions League. “The tie is not finished yet, still we have a game to play away at Monaco”, he said.

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