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

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That is the belief of the head of one of their prominent supporters groups.

Monaco swept into the Champions League quarter-finals and left Manchester City to pick up the pieces of another failed European campaign after a 3-1 victory on Wednesday sent them through on away goals.

It took just eight minutes for the hosts to break through, as Willy Caballero parried a Kylian Mbappe shot, but it was put back in by Bernardo Silva for Mbappe to prod in from close range. It is hard for me to understand how a team can not be up for it. We were a little slow in everything we did in the first half, that's why playing against Europe's top teams is hard. I still can't explain it nearly 24 hours on.

The message clearly got through to the players, who all said afterwards they had fluffed their lines. But the problem was the first half.

"There nearly seemed no belief in that semi-final".

Monaco manager Leonardo Jardim warned rivals that one of the most exciting Ligue 1 teams in years will fear no one when the Champions League quarter-finals draw is made today. "I respect him a lot", said Klopp.

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"I'm a bit down about it". "When you play a team that has scored 123 goals and you think to defend, then you kill yourself".

All three goals City conceded raised questions of City's defence, which contained only one specialist centre back in John Stones while, in front of them, only Fernandinho offered protection as the rest of the side was loaded with attackers.

Fabinho doubled Monaco's advantage and, although Leroy Sane briefly had City heading through on aggregate, Tiemoue Bakayoko's 77th-minute header sealed an unforgettable away goals triumph. Rigidity in tactics by Guardiola and defensive frailty cost Manchester City this match.

"I tried to convince them in all the meetings we had to come here, try to attack and score", Guardiola told a post-match press conference. Some of it is justified, some not. "But we're so happy with his progress", Guardiola said.

Anthony Martial became the most expensive teenager in history when he swapped Monaco for Manchester United in 2015 but the club's vice-president Vadim Vasilyev insists there is no desire to cash in on 18-year-old Mbappe, who would be well placed to shatter that record once more. We wanted to correct that but we weren't clinical enough in both boxes.

The Reds are now fourth in the league table but are being closely chased by Arsenal and Manchester United, who have played less league games than Liverpool at this point in the season. Liverpool will be fresher than us, with no European football to contend with this season, but they are suspect defensively.

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