Monaco and Man City set for second leg thriller

Sergio Aguero and Man City were stifled for far too long by Monaco in the second leg, unable to put the game away.

Leroy Sane struck from a tight angle after 71 minutes to nudge City back in front but a Tiemoue Bakayoko header from Thomas Lemar’s set-piece completed the scoring and sent the hosts through on away goals.

Monaco and Manchester City’s Champions League clash on Wednesday evening looks set to be a cracker.

Regularly linked with the Red Devils and one of the standout performers of the first leg, full-back-come-central-midfielder Fabinho ranked third in our poll.

“We are a team that wanted to defend aggressively without the ball”.

“The aggregate score was 6-6, they scored more goals away and they played very good”.

“We have to congratulate them, they are through”.

“You need a big setback in a big game to confirm it and to say to the owners; we need to get four, five, six top quality players into the club. I don’t like my teams to speculate”, Guardiola said. I expect more desire, to show more passion.

City grew into the game midway through the second half and there was a sense the goal was coming when Sane fired into the roof of the net.

“I think both teams will respect their DNA because I think it’s hard to change the attacking mentality of the players”.

All three goals City conceded raised questions about their defence, particularly the victor, when Bakayoko was allowed to rise unchallenged to head home Thomas Lemar’s free-kick 13 minutes from time. I tried, I tried – and I will try again.

John Stones echoed the sentiments of his manager and believes that City “were not clinical enough in both boxes”.

The stats back up the selection: Monaco’s home record in all competitions is W20-D2-L1 this season, their sole slip-up coming at the hands of Lyon (3-1) in late December.

When the First Half Goals 1.5 market has liquidity the price on “Overs” should be around evens, meaning you’ll get paid out if the first-half features two or more goals.

It took them just eight minutes to take the lead on the night at Stade Louis II as Bernando Silva fired a ball across from the left with Monaco’s impressive young talent Kylian Mbappe converting at the near post past Willy Caballero.

“Monaco deserved to go through”, Jardim said.

“I think, in any case, Monaco are not a team with the experience or the maturity to allow them to manage a result”. Let us know in the comments section below! “It is never easy to take but we have to, unfortunately”.

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