Champions League: Manchester City 'forgot to play' against Monaco - Bacary Sagna

Posted March 17, 2017

The attacking axis of Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling, and Sergio Aguero has really started to click - all three scored in that first-leg victory last month. The club has full confidence in me, the staff and my team-mates make me feel important.

"The most hard thing in football is thinking about your lead, you might be 2-0 up and so you forget to play football after that - you have to play the game...here has to be the game", he said.

Bacary Sagna says Manchester City's lack of fighting spirit was a crucial factor in their shock Champions League exit against Monaco.

Falcao has scored 24 goals in 31 appearances in all competitions so far this season, and so he is a key part of a prolific attacking Monaco line-up which has scored a staggering 84 goals in 29 league games this season.

Speaking to BT Sports after the match, Guardiola said: "We played exceptional second half but we forgot to do that in the first".

They were criticized for being too timid against Real Madrid last season with a place in the Champions League final on the line, and this year they have lost to Chelsea, Liverpool, Spurs, and now Monaco. But the problem was the first half.

On the eve of the game, Guardiola had also warned his players to concentrate hard on set-pieces.

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With the City defence increasingly troubled by Fabinho and Tiemoue Bakayoko another goal looked likely and it duly came on the half hour mark when Fabinho drove the ball past Willy Caballero.

"They are a strong side and we have already faced them, but any team we get drawn with in Nyon will be a tough matchup".

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.

Guardiola played down his seven consecutive semi-final appearances (with Barcelona and Bayern Munich), instead stated he is focused in making sure City overcome Monaco and progress into the last eight of this year's Champions League.

Once again, Diego Simeone will try to lead his team to the finals of this competition. "We wanted to correct that but we weren't clinical enough in both boxes".

"We knocked out the second-placed team in the Premier League - this absolutely shows the quality of French football".

"We have to attack in the same way that we did here at the Etihad and if we do we'll create chances and score goals", goalkeeper Willy Caballero said. I invite the people to come here and they will see a good game tomorrow.