Sagna hails Stones after 'vital' Manchester City goal

Sagna hails Stones after 'vital' Manchester City goal

Sergio Aguero equalised soon after and although Monaco restored their lead when Falcao beat Caballero with a sublime chip, City roared back with three goals in the space of 11 minutes.

Monaco lost the chance to go two goals ahead on the 50th minute as Falcao lost a penalty. "To avoid the counter-attack is so, so tough".

"Of course we have to improve". That purple patch included Aguero's second of the game.

"Today the lesson was we never gave up and sometimes we were lucky, particularly in the second half, but then very unlucky in the first half". Still everything is open. You have to live these kind of situation to get better and become a better team.

"Huge compliment to the players".

Aguero gave them even more to shout about when he got on the end of Sterling slip pass and fired low at the front post. "That is why we are still alive". To compound matters for City 18-year-old Kylian Mbappe blasted the visitors ahead just before the break.

City defender Nicolas Otamendi will find himself in the firing line and says finding the balance between stopping Monaco and gaining an advantage for the second leg will be key.

Monaco, the top-scoring team in any of Europe's top five leagues, with 76 goals in 26 Ligue 1 games, will test Pep Guardiola's star-studded side, which is coping with the loss of forward Gabriel Jesus. Leroy Sane did a great job leading up to the goal as he dribbled past several Monaco players before squaring it to Sterling who put the ball into the back of the net from close range.

The City manager, however, hopes Kompany's leg injury will have recovered in time for the FA Cup replay against Huddersfield next week. Having conceded three away goals, they needed to snatch a lead to take to the principality in three weeks to stand any real chance of going through.

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Toure has said he feels like a kid again under Guardiola. That is my target - we are not going to defend the result.

"We have to do our best. If we don't score a goal we will be eliminated". Top teams manage the game better than Monaco did. "Looking forward to playing against them, just compliments because they are a really good team".

At the Etihad, Manchester City came back from 3-2 down to pick up a remarkable 5-3 victory, in a first leg that had controversy, missed penalties and plenty of goals. We can be happy, because we showed some character tonight, we showed that we want to qualify.

Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz took an age to award the spot kick but Falcao's penalty was a shocking strike that Caballero saved easily.

"I would like to know", he said, "how many teams have kept a clean sheet against Monaco this season".

In pure entertainment terms, there have been few more thrilling games of Champions League football played.

"I can not deny that". "[But] I want to convince the players to enjoy that moment".

"We made a couple of errors in defence which we were punished for".

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