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Guardiola not ready for City to go on the defensive against Liverpool

Guardiola not ready for City to go on the defensive against Liverpool

They topped up the goal tally on Wednesday night, beating Manchester City 3-1 to reach the last eight on the away goals rule after losing 5-3 in the first leg of their Round of 16 match.

Will Manchester win this match? Manchester City's marking was woeful. However, the damage had already been done as the hosts registered their 17th clean sheet in their last 21Champions League home games.

"It's two completely different teams and styles of play, but two fantastic teams".

In an exclusive interview with Omnisport, Eriksson - who spent a year in charge of City in 2007-08 - said: "If you are the coach of Bayern Munich, Barcelona or Real Madrid, the chances to win something are huge".

Guardiola - whose City were bundled out of the Champions League by Monaco in the last 16 - won the Bundesliga in each of his three seasons at Bayern Munich and only lost out to Real Madrid in LaLiga in one of four campaigns.

Guardiola's tactics are clear, then.

Guardiola remains special - 21 trophies in seven years is proof of that - but for now he is playing second fiddle to Chelsea boss Antonio Conte in the Premier League and, incredibly, Leicester City's rookie boss Craig Shakespeare in the European tournament he most cherishes.

That is either naive or just reckless.


Leroy Sanes 71st-minute goal handed City a 6-5 advantage on aggregate, but Bakayoko turned home Thomas Lemars free-kick 13 minutes from time as Monaco claimed a famous win.

City were bad. Simply terrible. Monaco played exhilarating attacking football in the first half and led 2-0.

Yet when it came to the crunch on Wednesday, City showed they have regressed.

He said: 'We know we can be hard to play against in games like this.

It nearly feels the narrow exit, on away goals after a 6-6 aggregate draw, only serves to paper over the cracks because, on this evidence, Guardiola needs a complete rebuild in defence and also in midfield. "The first half was excellent - the sort of performance that the very top teams make".

"We had to go on the front step and we had to give them problems", Sagna added.

Monaco was given far too much space throughout and attacked in red and white waves, which Guardiola attributed to a lack of intensity from his forward trio of Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling. "The gap between the first and the second halves is there".

He has said his maiden City season will be a failure if he can not deliver a trophy, but barring a dramatic Chelsea collapse in the Premier League, the Spaniard's only realistic hope of silverware is now the FA Cup. But City were at least building up a head of steam.


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