The only way Manchester City will not be eliminated out of the Champions League is if they score during their second leg against Monaco, Pep Guardiola has insisted.
City will face the French league leaders on 15 March for the second leg. Their first leg match was commendable considering they came from behind to get a 5–3 victory, reports BBC.
Guardiola said that their flight to Monaco would be focused on scoring as many goals as possible.
“That is my target. It is impossible to progress if we don’t score a goal.”
During the first half, Monaco was ahead 2-1 and then took their leadership further in the second half 3-2 but City managed to strike back, clinching the highest-scoring in a first leg of the elite club competitions.
Guardiola has set plans to combat Monaco’s attack mindset, a tactic that they have used to bag in 76 goals this season. According to the former Barcelona boss, the way to go is to play a wide open game that is targeted at scoring.
He acknowledges that the opponents play in a similar manner and apart from just targeting more goals, Guardiola says City should also focus at defending.
He said that he is happy with his team and he would be interested to see how many teams can hold ground against Monaco. “They attack with so many good players, who make runs in behind, that it is difficult to control the game.”
No regrets at all
Leonardo Jardim, Monaco coach, has nothing to regret about the loss and infact congratulated his players despite losing.
He said that even though they were defeated in the first leg, they will have another 90 minutes to play, insisting they will be at home. Jardim added that any person who watched them must give credit to the players.
“It was a great game for supporters. Two great teams, very good in attack, and eight goals scored.”