Pep Guardiola: 'Improved second-half display not enough for Manchester City'

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City was torn apart easily in the first half, with Monaco taking the lead in the tie after goals from Kylian Mbappe and Fabinho, despite starting the match their star man Radamael Falcao sitting in the stands. "My mistake was being not able to convince them". "Matches like this are meant to be enjoyed and I love these games when there's so much at stake". City's defence barely got any respite and the entire side was outclassed by the attack-minded Monaco, who had scored 123 goals this season before welcoming Guardiola's men to Stade Louis II.

Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne believes the Premier League side can reach this season's Champions League final as they head into Wednesday's last-16 second leg at AS Monaco with a 5-3 lead.

"Falcao feels better but I do not know if he is fit to start".

City's exit also leaves Leicester City as the only English club left in this season's Champions League. We were not there and we were not there in the first 45 minutes.

Guardiola's men rallied after the interval and swung the tie back in their favour through Leroy Sane, but their defensive frailties were highlighted once more as Tiemoue Bakayoko headed in the killer goal from a set piece with 13 minutes to play. It will help us a lot in the future and learn from that.

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Pep Guardiola denied Manchester City's defence was to blame for their Champions League elimination as the manager stated it occurred because all of his players "were not there" in the first half against Monaco. Today was not about that - why was the second half a problem with the defence?

The light blues hold the advantage after an incredible game in Manchester in which Pep Guardiola's, 46, team netted five times although the visitors scored three goals themselves.

The difference in tempo between City's sluggish performance in the first half and noticeable improvement after the break highlights the inconsistency that marks out City as a side with perhaps too many weaknesses to challenge at the very highest level. We managed to create more chances - unfortunately we didn't score [enough].

"I felt sorry for Stones, he was isolated", the former Manchester United defender said.

It was always going to be hard for this game to match the end-to-end spectacle we enjoyed at the Etihad a fortnight ago, especially with the rejuvenated Radamel Falcao out of the tie through injury. "We will play with this target". "They are going to see a good game tomorrow, I am sure of that".

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