dglobalnews.com Manchester City ready to make Champions League history - Yaya
Published: Thu, February 23, 2017
Culture&Arts | By Orlando Mckenzie

Manchester City ready to make Champions League history - Yaya

Manchester City ready to make Champions League history - Yaya

"It is one of the most handsome competitions to play, maybe not the most important, but the most attractive and we have to do our best".

City, however, then pulled clear as Stones tapped in at the far post and Sane rolled the ball into an empty net to give City a two-goal advantage ahead of the return on March 15.

Nigerian youngster, Kelechi Iheanacho, was an unused substitute in the game.

Cape Town - Yaya Toure was full of praise for Manchester City goalkeeper Willy Caballero and striker Sergio Aguero after their remarkable 5-3 victory over Monaco in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Anyone except for the extremely unlucky punter, who was just minutes away from bagging himself €34,000 ($50,000 NZD) during City's memorable 5-3 win over the Ligue 1 leaders. "It's a turning point of the match - it gave us a boost again and I think it was a blow to them too". But as it stands City will be favourites to progress thanks to the clear daylight between the two teams. I think today Monaco played a great game. I am happier than my colleague from Monaco because at 2-0 [two goals behind] we are out.

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They finished first in Champions League Group E, rewarding themselves with a home second leg against City.

If City's front three of Aguero, Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling play as well as they did in the first leg, City will claim the goals that Guardiola desires. Kylian Mbappe, a highly ballyhooed 18-year-old winger making his first Champions League start, then exposed more poor defending from City by latching onto Fabinho's free kick and lifting a shot past Caballero. The sacrifice was really hard but we have nothing yet, the most important thing is that we recovered our team spirit and mentality.

Rio Ferdinand, who now works a BT Sport pundit, believes the Ivorian has adapted his game to suit Guardiola's style after initially being frozen out by the former FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss.

"Of course anything can happen in Monaco and we have to score goals. All of Europe will watch us, to analyse us, to kill us if we don't win or say how good we are if we do", Guardiola said in his pre-match press conference. But City was lucky not to be overrun by Monaco, which features Colombian star Radamel Falcao and a supporting cast of young stars that is the envy of clubs across Europe. The difference in the number of mistakes between the two teams is perhaps also linked to the age difference between the two teams. I've congratulated the players. "We don't want it, we don't need it", he said.

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