PARIS Manchester City was eliminated from the Champions League by an inspired AS Monaco, which got a late score from Tiemoue Bakayoko Wednesday night to secure a berth in the quarterfinals based on away goals. I was sometimes in semi-finals, losing some of them looking to score goals.
Kylian Mbappe gave the hosts an early lead and Fabinho doubled the advantage midway through the first half, as Monaco dominated the Premier League giants.
Manchester City's Spanish manager Pep Guardiola reacts during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 football match between Monaco and Manchester City at the Stade Louis II in Monaco on March 15, 2017.
"We played exceptional in the second half, but the first one we forgot to be there", Guardiola said.
It was not until the second half that they started to assert themselves in any way and finally get the previously isolated Sergio Aguero into the game. All three are worth considering because both teams are clearly much better at attacking than defending.
Guardiola now has the first big headache of his City tenure: addressing the problems in a team that has conceded more and more goals in every season since 2011/12. However, I am more than sure that Monaco will run ahead, after all, it is necessary to recoup at any cost, but City will wait on the counterattack.
"Playing like we have done this season, like in the second half, would have been enough".
Monaco may have lost 5-3 in the first leg but it was fairly obvious to anyone watching the game that the Ligue 1 side could easily have drawn or even won.
It will be just the second ever time that AS Monaco and Manchester City compete in a competitive fixture, with the first match producing plenty of fireworks.
"We will improve but this competition is so demanding. They are a strong team but we have already shown we have a lot of quality too".
Sitting down he screams in anger and stomps his feet as he realises his team is likely to fail to reach the quarter-finals for the first time in his career.
Puel added: "I see Monaco going through".
"We were very sloppy - not up to our standard in the first half", Stones said. "I think it's possible to turn it around against Manchester City and we'll do everything to make that happen".
"It would be a huge mistake, a huge mistake to think about what we have done and not think about what we have to do".