Guardiola: City exit my fault

Guardiola: City exit my fault

Guardiola: City exit my fault

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola cited a poor first half performance as the reason for his side's Champions League round of 16 exit at the hands of AS Monaco. It was young star Kylian Mbappe with his 11th goal in as many matches, finishing at the front post just eight minutes in. "I want to help a new club be stable in Europe", the Spaniard said. "I think that playing against English teams seems suits us well".

Monaco's coach Leonardo Jardim was overwhelmed with joy after the game and told the media that English teams are flawless for their style.

"They don't attack with five, they attack with six guys".

Coach Pep Guardiola, who will be taking charge of his 100th Champions League game, has no fresh injury concerns.

Jardim insists he holds no fear with Monaco's European future in the balance, stating that opponents of a significantly lower stature tend to give him more cause for concern. "It's the only way to beat a team like this".

Eventually, if not in 2017 then in 2018, Guardiola will have to choose between the two candidates to be his leading man. In the second half we tried to win the game, we tried to play.

Mbiappe poked home a Bernardo Silva cross in the 8th minute to open Monaco's account on the night as City's defence was opened up for the first but not the last time in the tie.

The French side doubled their lead in the 29th minute when Benjamin Mendy did well to pick out Fabinho, who side-footed home from close range, 2-0.

Given how neither team is focused on defending, Wednesday's match promises to be a goal feast at Stade Louis II.

"He proves it in every game and he did so again". A shaky defence has arguably gotten worse under Guardiola, and City still seem to shrink on the big stage.

Puel added: "I see Monaco going through".

After the game, the best player of Atletico Madrid, Antoine Griezmann said that his teammate is the best goalkeeper in the world.

"I don't know. I would like to think about it, to say 'yes.' I'm so comfortable here". I did it all my career in that way. "And set-pieces are so important at this level", said Guardiola.

Though the Serbian defender admitted the defeat was painful, with City already through to an FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal next month and third in the Premier League there is still much to play for over the next two months. Tonight, Monaco showed that we're a team that plays well, which has ambition.

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