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Guardiola at a loss to explain City's performance against Monaco

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 01:36

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola cannot understand his team's first half perfomance as Monaco come from two goals down in the first leg to reach the Champions League quarter-finals

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SHOWS: MONACO (MARCH 15, 2017) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MANCHESTER CITY MANAGER PEP GUARDIOLA SAYING: "The gap between the first and the second (half) is there, so you ask me why, in the first half, we play all the garbage in the first half and in the second half, it is like this; it's the same question to me. It's the same one, but I tried to convince them from after just finishing the Middlesbrough game, and in all the meetings we had in the two or three days - guys, go there and try to attack, and try to go to score goals. We did it in the second half, we did it in a lot of games. Even when we lose a game, we are aware of that, and today we were not able because, ok, we have to have more experience than that, more experience - it doesn't matter if we win or lose, but at least, to be what we are. That is what I said many times, we have to finish the game, being what we are, what we have done from the beginning until the last until today, and we did it in the second half - in the first half, we were not able." 2. WHITE FLASH 3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MANCHESTER CITY MANAGER PEP GUARDIOLA SAYING: "All the people are expecting all the teams playing in the Champions League to win the Champions League. The media, the English media, City has to win the Champions League. In the French media, maybe PSG. But there are a lot of peoples, a lot of good, good teams, and we have to accept that next season, try to do better and go to the next stages." STORY: Monaco stunned Manchester City to reach the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday (March 15), overturning a two-goal first-leg deficit with a 3-1 victory in a pulsating clash to go through on away goals after an aggregate score of 6-6. Leonardo Jardim's team started brightly and with 18-year-old French prodigy Kylian Mbappe opening the scoring, turning in Silva's low cross from the left from close range after eight minutes. City barely set foot in Monaco's half and in the 29th minute, Fabinho fired home from Benjamin Mendy's inch-perfect centre. Monaco were suffering before City reduced the arrears in the 71st minute when Sterling's shot was parried by Subasic into the path of Sane, who fired into the roof of the net. That put City in front on aggregate, but Monaco turned the tie back in their favour six minutes later when Tiemoue Bakayoko headed home from a Thomas Lemar free-kick. Monaco, who were without the injured Radamel Falcao, are the only French side left in the competition after Paris St Germain were knocked out by Barcelona.

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Guardiola at a loss to explain City's performance against Monaco

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 01:36