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Published: Sun, March 19, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Manchester City Supporters Club dismayed at Champions League exit


"He has played almost the whole season so far so if he has one week with more treatment than training and another week with light training for him, then yes, he would be completely okay". "He's come to a City side that are young, fresh and exciting". It has the coach, certainly the finest of his generation, now Guardiola needs the squad to deliver on his vision - starting at the back.

A 3-1 defeat in the Riviera principality rendered City's 5-3 home win academic as Monaco went through on away goals after an astonishing last 16 tie ended 6-6 on aggregate.

"It's a massive disappointment".

The difference in tempo between City's sluggish performance in the first half and noticeable improvement after the break highlights the inconsistency that marks out City as a side with perhaps too many weaknesses to challenge at the very highest level. "We gave them too much respect and ... we put ourselves in danger". It's the same situation for Pablo Zabaleta, who remained on the bench as City's pursuit of a first European Cup ended in the round of 16.

Having dominated at Barcelona and Bayern Munich in less competitive leagues, Guardiola is facing the biggest test of his glittering career.

Andrea Raggi made a crucial interception to deny Sergio Aguero, who had been teed up by Sterling, and keeper Danijel Subasic then produced a superb save to deny the Argentine striker in a oneonone.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche now faces two more consecutive away games, halfway through a run of four in a row, with his team visiting bottom-of-the-table Sunderland tomorrow (Mar 18).

It was another major setback for the Spaniard, who had never before seen one of his teams knocked out before the Champions League quarter-finals.

City are also 10 points behind league leaders Chelsea.

With third-placed City just one point ahead of fourth-placed Liverpool in the battle for a top-four finish, Guardiola needs a lift and Sagna called on his team-mates to get back on track with a vital three points at Eastlands tomorrow.

Klopp's head-to-head record with Guardiola is a healthy one, and he will have the chance to best the Catalan again when Liverpool travel to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday. It's an huge joy, I didn't expect it.

Oblak produced a remarkable triple save midway through the second half as Atletico held on to their 4-2 first-leg advantage to take their place in Friday's draw for the last eight.

Spurs, Arsenal and City have all been happy to play their usual open, passing games against Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp's men have feasted on it, using their press and hitting the opposition with devastating effect.

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