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Pep Guardiola suggests “it will be impossible” to advance in Europe if City don’t score away against Monaco

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has suggested that “it will be impossible” for his side to advance in the Champions League if they don’t score an away goal against Monaco.

City take a 5-3 lead into the second leg next month, and although this is a positive scoreline, the tie is far from over.

According to BBC Sport, following last night’s game, Guardiola said:

We are going to fly to Monaco to score as many goals as possible. That is my target. It is impossible to progress if we don’t score a goal.

The Citizens came from behind twice at the Etihad to win 5-3 after 90 minutes. Monaco led 2-1 and 3-2 before Sergio Aguero inspired an incredible comeback.

Goalkeeper Willy Caballero also saved a Falcao penalty that could have put the away side 3-1 up before City fought back.

It was the highest scoring first leg of a knock-out tie in Champions League history.

 

The game was always going to be high scoring, with Monaco having no trouble finding the net domestically this season. They’re currently top of Ligue 1 in France, three points ahead of Paris Saint-Germain.

PSG caused a shock of their own in the Champions League last week, beating Barcelona 4-0 in Paris in the first leg of their knock-out tie.

City and Monaco meet again on March 15, and fans will be hoping for a repeat of the first match. Before the crunch tie, Guardiola’s side host Huddersfield in an FA Cup replay, before playing Sunderland and Stoke in the Premier League.

Monaco have four games to play before meeting City again. They go away to Guingamp this weekend, then face Marseille in the French cup before playing two home league games.

With the Champions League throwing up some shocks already this season, anyone still playing will believe they can go all the way and win it altogether.

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