Klopp in 'no doubt' about Guardiola's qualities ahead of latest showdown

Rachel Hardy
March 18, 2017

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

Goals galore! That's what the Manchester City and Monaco provided in their epic 5-3 first leg match and the decider in France on March. A major goal threat will be out of the way because Falcao punished them to devastating effect with two goals last time.

On both occasions City produced lacklustre performances in the decisive away legs but went out only by narrow margins.

What do you expect, Jurgen, small teams to play it out from the back, make it easy for you and thank you for the footballing lesson at the end?!

"We showed resilience the last time we played City earlier in the season". I still can't explain it nearly 24 hours on.

"I'll go for City to win 2-1".

City defender John Stones gave an honest assessment of the first half.

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

5 - Only three men (Lionel Messi with 10, Edinson Cavani's seven and Robert Lewandowski with six) have scored more Champions League goals this season than Sergio Aguero's five; the City striker averaging one every 90 minutes this term.

"We forgot to be there in the first 45 minutes", Guardiola, who could not hide his frustration on the touchline, said.

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"I'm a bit down about it".

"It will be very tough against Monaco, they are doing extremely well at the moment, but we are very positive and if we beat them we are through to the quarter-finals, after which the final is not that far away".

"We have the best attack in Europe", added Jardim.

Guardiola's tactics are clear, then.

Klopp has warned his squad they can not afford to be passive at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday or they risk being bypassed by City's ball players and so the plan is likely to be to go on the attack. Some of it is justified, some not.

"We deserve this. There is a lot of pride", said Bakayoko, whose goal ensured Monaco are the only French side left in the competition after Paris St Germain were knocked out by Barcelona.

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.

"In the second half we were much better but it was not enough".

Needless to say, City were taken apart.Leonardo Jardim has built a brilliant team with Kylian Mbappe's pace and power up front, Bernardo Silva pulled the strings from midfield and Benjamin Mendy nearly ran the game from left-back.

With the help of Opta data, we examine the trends and past precedents that could be borne out again as we learn the identity of the two teams that will complete line-up for this season's quarter-finals.

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