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  • Guardiola wanted to destroy Monaco's 4-4...

    Fabinho says Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola set out a plan to "destroy" Monaco's attacking 4-4-2 system in their thrilling Champions League clash. CSL club confirms Rooney bid City scored three times in the last 19 minutes on Tuesday to win the first leg of their last-16 ti...

    Guardiola wanted to destroy Monaco's 4-4-2, says Fabinho

    Fabinho says Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola set out a plan to "destroy" Monaco's attacking 4-4-2 system in their thrilling Champions League clash. CSL club confirms Rooney bid City scored three times in the last 19 minutes on Tuesday to win the first leg of their last-16 tie 5-3 at the Etihad Stadium. Fabinho produced an impressive performance, setting up both Radamel Falcao's header and Kylian Mbappe's fine strike for the visitors. But he felt Guardiola's strategy ensured Monaco had to work so hard throughout the game that they were physically spent come the final minutes. "They put in place a scheme to destroy our 4-4-2," the 23-year-old told reporters. "We had to be moving all the time to block the spaces – it was difficult. It was physically hard.  "Personally, I suffered in the last 10 minutes – but that is not why we lost. Perhaps it was because we lacked the experience.  "When we conceded the third goal, we conceded to attack. We did not think about the return match. We lost 5-3 and could have even lost 6-3 – we have to learn from these games." Fabinho, though, has not lost hope that Monaco can progress when the two teams meet in next month's second leg. "It is still possible to qualify," he said. "It was a very balanced match and we mostly conceded goals on our mistakes. "At home it is going to be different. We will play in front of our supporters and I hope that we will remember the mistakes we made here so we do not reproduce them.  "Kylian brought us a lot of speed. He could have even scored a second goal on an individual action. He must get used to playing in major games like this. "Falcao is a very important player for the team. He scored twice and would have had more without a great goalkeeper [Willy Caballero] who had an extraordinary reflex save with his foot late in the game."

  • 'That is why Manchester City wanted me' ...

    Pep Guardiola says Manchester City's astonishing 5-3 Champions League victory over Monaco was a "special game" which explains why his club wanted him to join them. EXCL: Iborra respectful of 'champions' Leicester The City boss enjoyed one of the best moments of his debut season...

    'That is why Manchester City wanted me' - Guardiola relishes Champions League thriller

    Pep Guardiola says Manchester City's astonishing 5-3 Champions League victory over Monaco was a "special game" which explains why his club wanted him to join them. EXCL: Iborra respectful of 'champions' Leicester The City boss enjoyed one of the best moments of his debut season at the helm as his side came from behind to score three times in the last 19 minutes at the Etihad Stadium to win a thrilling first leg on Tuesday. The result makes Guardiola's men favourites to reach the quarter-finals when the second leg of the last-16 tie is played in Monaco next month. Why you must embrace Pep's Man City Guardiola feels such an entertaining match is what City wanted when they brought him to the club from Bayern Munich and felt his strategy coming up against that of Leonardo Jardim was the perfect blend to produce a classic. "We attacked in small spaces, we defended huge spaces behind," Guardiola said at his post-match media conference. "That is why they wanted me to come here - I love to play in that way, I think it is something special when two teams play in that way, attack and attack. In the end the football is marvellous. "It was a special game, I cannot deny that. Ups and downs. We attacked quite good, our build-up was quite slow, but it was not easy because Monaco are so organised. "I would like to see how many teams are able to get a clean sheet against Monaco this season. They have fantastic players. "They always arrived with six, seven players and I haven't seen a team attack with so many good players for a long time. "We understood immediately they are going to attack with runs in behind. It is so, so difficult but we created a lot of chances and I don't know if Monaco have seen a team create as many chances as we did against them." Guardiola paid tribute to Willy Caballero for a pivotal penalty save from Radamel Falcao early in the second half, which prevented City from going 3-1 down. He added: "In that moment 1-3 mentally would have been so tough, but Willy made an excellent penalty save. RUMOURS: Rooney to quit Man Utd "Everybody has to be congratulated. We are a little bit happier than my Monaco colleague but if it is 2-0 [in Monaco] we are out. "Now we are going to rest in Abu Dhabi and we will come back and prepare for Huddersfield, the Premier League and our game in Monaco."

  • 'It was a great disappointment' - Falcao...

    Radamel Falcao felt Monaco lacked intelligence during their thrilling 5-3 Champions League defeat at the hands of Manchester City. City & Monaco show why we love football The striker had an eventful night on Tuesday, scoring twice – including a brilliant chip – but also seeing ...

    'It was a great disappointment' - Falcao frustrated with Monaco's lack of intelligence

    Radamel Falcao felt Monaco lacked intelligence during their thrilling 5-3 Champions League defeat at the hands of Manchester City. City & Monaco show why we love football The striker had an eventful night on Tuesday, scoring twice – including a brilliant chip – but also seeing his second-half penalty saved by Willy Caballero. Despite his miss from 12 yards, Monaco were 3-2 ahead before City scored three times in the final 19 minutes to claim the advantage. And Falcao felt Monaco did not handle the closing stages of the last-16 tie well. "It was a great disappointment, but we did not know how to kill the game," he told reporters after the match. "Maybe we lacked a bit of intelligence. Coming up against players like that, they are unforgiving." Why you must embrace Pep's Man City But Falcao is not giving up on a place in the quarter-finals ahead of next month's second leg. He said: "It is still open for the return leg – nothing is finished. We believe we can do better at home and win." Falcao, 31, now has 24 goals from 29 matches across all competitions this season.

  • Guardiola: If one team can score a thous...

    Pep Guardiola warned against writing off a second-leg fightback from Monaco as the Ligue 1 leaders could score "a thousand, millions goals". RUMOURS: Rooney to quit Man Utd Tuesday's first clash of the Champions League last-16 showdown had its fair share of strikes, with Guardi...

    Guardiola: If one team can score a thousand, million goals it is Monaco

    Pep Guardiola warned against writing off a second-leg fightback from Monaco as the Ligue 1 leaders could score "a thousand, millions goals". RUMOURS: Rooney to quit Man Utd Tuesday's first clash of the Champions League last-16 showdown had its fair share of strikes, with Guardiola's Manchester City getting the better of an eight-goal thriller at the Etihad Stadium. The 5-3 win came courtesy of two goals from Sergio Aguero and one apiece from Raheem Sterling, John Stones and Leroy Sane, while Willy Caballero saved a penalty when the hosts were 2-1 behind. But the Spaniard knows the return fixture will not be without its perils, as Europe's top scorers Monaco have hit over 100 goals in all competitions already this season. "If one team can score a thousand, million goals it is Monaco," Guardiola said. "To avoid the counter-attack is so, so tough. They are so fast – [Thomas] Lemar, [Benjamin] Mendy. "Obviously we have to improve. The first goal is a mistake, the second goal again. "But we did not give up, we were there. We were lucky in some moments in the second half and we were so unlucky in the second half. "We are going to fly to Monaco to score goals, that is my target. We are not going to defend the result. "We know each other better now. They are going to adjust something, we are going to adjust something. It is impossible to go through if we don't score goals. "A lot of things happened so everything is still open. "Of course I am so happy for the result because we are still alive. Martial: I love Manchester United "For a lot of the guys it is their first experience in the Champions League and these kind of things can help this club to take another step "We have to live these kind of situations, to be in trouble and overcome. Don't give up, never. That is why we're still alive."

  • 'It was like ice hockey' - Monaco vice-p...

    Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev compared Tuesday's stunning Champions League result at Manchester City to ice hockey, while he insisted the last-16 tie is not over. Falcao penalty miss was key – Jardim It was a night to remember at the Etihad Stadium as City came from behi...

    'It was like ice hockey' - Monaco vice-president stunned by Champions League classic

    Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev compared Tuesday's stunning Champions League result at Manchester City to ice hockey, while he insisted the last-16 tie is not over. Falcao penalty miss was key – Jardim It was a night to remember at the Etihad Stadium as City came from behind to trump Monaco 5-3 in a first-leg thriller. Monaco were in the box seat at half-time, leading 2-1, before Sergio Aguero struck for City to level things up. Radamel Falcao then grabbed his second to restore the visitors' lead just past the hour-mark, having missed a penalty 11 minutes earlier. However, the Ligue 1 leaders faded late on as City scored three unanswered goals in 11 minutes, but Vasilyev could not fault the French side. "I'm disappointed with the result but very proud of my players. They gave everything," he said. Toure hails Caballero heroics "Qualification is difficult but it is possible. It's a great demonstration for the level of Ligue 1.  "The fans of football have surely feasted. I had never seen a score like that, it looked like ice hockey." Monaco will welcome City to Stade Louis II for the return leg on March 15.

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