Manchester City Supporters Club dismayed at Champions League exit

Posted March 18, 2017

Whether Manchester City will ease through the game or Monaco will cause an upset remains to be seen, but it is for sure going to be one nail-biting game.

That is the belief of the head of one of their prominent supporters groups.

City take a 5-3 lead into Wednesday's match at the Stade Louis II after winning a thrilling first leg last month, and many teams would be tempted to defend such an advantage in the return. The other teams in the quarter-final draw are holders Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Leicester City.

On both occasions City produced lacklustre performances in the decisive away legs but went out only by narrow margins.

I don't think Iheanacho even had a touch in his limited time on the pitch. I still can't explain it nearly 24 hours on.

But the message that a manager conveys in public matters, especially in the modern world of super-wealthy, ego-driven footballers, and it is rare for anyone to go down the route of blaming his players so openly, unless he considers it to be the nuclear option once all else has failed.

"There nearly seemed no belief in that semi-final".

City know if they can score the first goal then all the pressure will be on Monaco.

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He said: "I came here to win the Champions League?". In hindsight it can be said that at this stage Guardiola should have introduced another defensive midfielder like Yaya Toure to partner Fernandinho and asked his back four not to play a high line.

"I'm a bit down about it". Here a win is everything, in other countries if you played with other styles you would have an empty stadium. Then Neymar's individual brilliance, a free-kick, a penalty and a measured pass led to three quick goals as the PSG defence capitulated under enormous pressure. Jemerson returned in place of the suspended Kamil Glik in defence, while Guardiola, who took charge of his 100th game in Europe, made two changes with Gael Clichy and Aleksandar Kolarov given the nod. Some of it is justified, some not.

Anthony Martial became the most expensive teenager in history when he swapped Monaco for Manchester United in 2015 but the club's vice-president Vadim Vasilyev insists there is no desire to cash in on 18-year-old Mbappe, who would be well placed to shatter that record once more.

Man. City recovered from a poor first half and began to threaten Monaco in the second half, with Sergio Aguero missing two good chances in as many minutes around the hour mark.

"The set-piece broke our tempo and rhythm at the right moment (for them)", Guardiola said.

This game was significant not so much for City's victory, courtesy of some frightful Bruce Grobbelaar goalkeeping blunders but the fact that it represented a low point in Liverpool's progress to the title under Bob Paisley.

With the help of Opta data, we examine the trends and past precedents that could be borne out again as we learn the identity of the two teams that will complete line-up for this season's quarter-finals.