Man City vs Liverpool: Sterling and Coutinho take centre stage

Posted March 18, 2017

City crashed out on away goals after a 3-1 defeat in Monaco on Wednesday in the second leg saw the tie finish 6-6 on aggregate. The 22-year-old England winger has been one of the success stories of Guardiola's first season at the Etihad, even if the likes of Leroy Sane and Gabriel Jesus have attracted more interest.

"It's not about the defense".

"When I came here", Klopp said. He is quick, mobile, selfless but above all, in Guardiola's favourite word, "aggressive", harassing opposition defenders when they have the ball.

Still, the Spaniard refused to criticize his defence, "It's not about the defence".

It nearly feels the narrow exit, on away goals after a 6-6 aggregate draw, only serves to paper over the cracks because, on this evidence, Guardiola needs a complete rebuild in defence and also in midfield.

Monaco three times allowed a lead to slip in that match, but the Brazilian told Globo Esporte that they will be just as enterprising in France on Wednesday, "This is our style of play, it brought us to this phase of the competition and put us top of the French Championship".

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.

20 - Since the current format of the tournament has been in place, there have been 20 instances of a side scoring three or more away goals in the first leg of a Champions League knockout tie and all of them have progressed. He has worked hard on a side of the game that does not come naturally to him.

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Asked if Monaco should be fearing sides or they should be fearing Monaco, he was clear.

However, Guardiola continued with his high pressing tactics and within six minutes Monaco went 3-1 ahead through midfielder Tiemoue Bakayako's header off a free kick. We weren't there. We wanted to show personality, not to let them think, but they could pass and pass the ball.

Pep Guardiola was brought to Manchester to win the Champions League.

This means Juventus go into Friday's quarter-final draw with Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Leicester City, Monaco, Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund.

"If you are passive against City you have no chance".

This game was significant not so much for City's victory, courtesy of some disgusting Bruce Grobbelaar goalkeeping blunders but the fact that it represented a low point in Liverpool's progress to the title under Bob Paisley. "Sterling and Sane are good going forward but not good defensively", he said.

"At this level, you have to play more than 45 minutes", Guardiola said. "We tried to exploit this weak point".