Aguero backed ahead of Monaco visit

Tricia Pearson
February 22, 2017

Aguero was then key to City's comeback, volleying home to draw things level at 3-3 and, after John Stones had put City ahead, teeing up Leroy Sane's fifth for Guardiola's men. We should have closed the game at 3-2 for us.

The German forward linked up brilliantly with David Silva down the left flank, showing great composure and skill, before squaring for Sterling to tap home the first goal of the game.

Sergio Aguero equalised soon after and although Monaco restored their lead when Falcao beat Caballero with a sublime chip, City roared back with three goals in the space of 11 minutes. Manchester City was not there for a long time.

The turning point was when Radamel Falcao missed a penalty as Monaco led 2-1 early in the second half.

England worldwide Stones has been criticised for his defensive performances since moving from Everton, and he and the City back-line were again at fault as the Ligue 1 side led 2-1 and then 3-2 in the last-16 first leg. When we were winning 4-3 we continued to attack.

Two games played, 14 goals scored - so it is pretty safe to say that Champions League night on Tuesday had plenty of drama and excitement.

Player to watch: Falcao. Their project is to develop young players, and they made a great job of signing promising players, some for the present (Thomas Lemar and Bernardo Silva) and some for the future (Kylian Mbappe).

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The Colombian striker has amassed a return of 16 goals in just 20 appearances, and will look to get the better of a Man City defence that has been shaky at best this season. He tried to score that side and I made a good save from the penalty'.

Then it was the Monaco goalkeeper's turn to make a mistake, with Danijel Subasic failing to stop Aguero's low shot and the ball dribbling slowly into the net for City's first equalizer.

He said: "This was one of the most exciting Champions League matches this season". If they can grab that goal first, things might snowball but City are also too good not to get on the scoresheet themselves.

Manchester City v Monaco is definitely in the "I was there" category of games. "They're able to score two or three or four goals, but okay it's a good result".

"I am so proud of my players".

Monaco have been the highest goalscorers across Europe's Big Five leagues this season - reason enough for Manchester City to take them seriously when they visit the Etihad on Tuesday night. "It is a very important game in the history of the club", said Sampaoli, with Sevilla having only once reached the European Cup quarter-finals, in 1957-58. "Everyone was happy to see these two teams".

But if Monaco get the first goal then it could turn into a very hard night for Guardiola's side.

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