Manchester City was on Wednesday night knocked out of the Champions League by Monaco on away goals in a match that ended 6-6 on aggregate.
City led Monaco 5-3 after the first leg of the round of 16 fixture but the French side rallied back to win 3-1 in the return match to advance to the quarter-finals.
Monaco dominated the first half at the Stade Louis II, opening the scoring just after eight minutes after teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe poked the ball in from close range.
The free-scoring Ligue I side deservedly doubled their advantage on the night through Brazilian midfielder Fabinho as Guardiola’s side failed to muster any sort of shot in the opening 45 minutes.
As things stood at the break, Manchester City was out. They needed a goal but had been out-played, over-run and over-powered. It was not until the 65th-minute that Sergio Aguero forced a sharp save from goalkeeper Danijel Subasic who had very little to do before that.
Aguero was a few moments later denied again as City began to mount pressure. The Citizens finally got their goal after a Raheem Sterling low shot was parried away by Subasic towards Sane who reacted quickly to send it high into the net.
Monaco soon after looked dead and out until they got a free-kick with 13 minutes left on the clock. Thomas Lemar whipped the ball into the crowded box to Tiemoue Bakayoko who headed past a helpless Willy Caballero.
The match was Guardiola’s 100th European match of which he has the best record of any coach over that period. The defeat outlined Manchester City’s problem in defense which the Spanish manager admitted that it needed to be addressed but vowed not to abandon his attacking philosophy.
Speaking after the game, Guardiola said:
”My philosophy has always been the same, that of attacking. In the first half, I was not able to convince my players to play in a certain way, to motivate them, to show more personality. I knew how to do it after the break.”
”I think we’ll improve, we’re going to try to improve. At this level sometimes you have to be lucky in the special moments in these competitions. We weren’t so that’s why we will prepare for the Premier League, the FA Cup and next season.”
Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim expressed his delight in the players rectifying the costly mistakes they made in the first leg.
”After the first leg, I think after watching the match two or three times, the 5-3 scoreline wasn’t fair. We messed up just a couple of small things and today that’s what I am talking about, the need to correct those small details.”
”I think after two matches we deserve to have qualified. I’m very happy for all the supporters and for France that we’re going to continue to represent.”
”It’s the second time we’re into the quarter-finals, it’s a bit of recognition for our work, the players and the coach.”
Premier League champions Leicester City are now the only remaining English side in the last eight of the competition.