STATS: Monaco - Man City in numbers

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Tiemoue Bakayoko's superb header fired Monaco into the Champions League quarter-finals as Wednesday's 3-1 victory condemned Pep Guardiola's Manchester City to a painful exit on away goals.

Trailing 5-3 from the first leg in England, teenage starlet Kylian Mbappe put Monaco ahead on the night after just eight minutes at the Stade Louis II and Brazilian midfielder Fabinho converted the home side's second just before the half hour.

Leroy Sane's 71st-minute goal handed City a 6-5 advantage on aggregate, but Bakayoko turned home Thomas Lemar's free-kick 13 minutes from time as Monaco claimed a famous win.

Monaco go through to Friday's draw for the last eight in Nyon carrying French hopes following Paris Saint-Germain's shock elimination, while Guardiola suffered his earliest Champions League exit as a manager.
In the above video, we look at the best stats from the thrilling Champions League encounter.


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Only eight teams remain in this season’s Champions League as the tournament enters the quarter-finals stage.

The draw for the last eight will take place at 1200 CET (1500 GST) on Friday March 17 at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.

The draw will be streamed live on UEFA.com. No teams are seeded and clubs from the same domestic leagues can be drawn against each other. The side drawn first will play the first leg at home.

The first legs will be played on April 11 and 12 while the second legs will be held on April 18 and 19.

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Have City gone backwards under Pep?

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Three seasons ago, Manchester City were Premier League champions for a second time while they reached the Champions League semi-finals for the first time in the club’s history last season.

So what is one to make of a season in which Pep Guardiola’s men are in a scrap just to finish in the top four, and have been knocked out of the Champions League at the first knockout stage?

Guardiola was brought in to take the club to the next level, to truly put Manchester City among Europe’s elite. Instead, a case could be made that the club has gone backwards in his first season.

The team has certainly encountered familiar struggles. A shaky defence has arguably gotten worse under Guardiola, and City still seem to shrink on the big stage.

They were criticized for being too timid against Real Madrid last season with a place in the Champions League final on the line, and this year they have lost to Chelsea, Liverpool, Spurs, and now Monaco.

Wednesday’s 3-1 loss was shocking for how toothless the Citizens looked. An attacking starting XI that featured all five of Raheem Sterling, David Silva, Kevin de Bruyne, Leroy Sane, and Sergio Aguero failed to register a shot for over an hour.

By that time, they were already 2-0 down on the night and losing the tie on away goals. Kylian Mbappe took advantage of some slack marking to give Monaco the lead, and some equally poor defending allowed Fabinho to make it 2-0.

Even when City did strike to go back ahead in the tie, they failed to take control of the game and then conceded another cheap goal when Tiemoue Bakayoko headed home a free-kick, which proved to be the goal that knocked City out.

All three Monaco goals could have been avoided – and the same could be said for the three the French side scored at the Etihad Stadium in the first leg.

Strengthening the defence was known to be a priority last summer, and splashing the cash on John Stones, who had already begun to show his error-prone tendencies towards the end of his Everton career, was not going to do the trick on its own.

Instead, City’s defence is arguably worse than it was last year. Guardiola may abhor the concept of coaching tackles, but he’s previously been blessed with central defensive partnerships of Carlos Puyol and Gerard Pique, and Javi Martinez and Jerome Boateng.

Even die-hard City fans would be hard-pressed to argue that Stones and Aleksandar Kolarov are anywhere near up to that mark.

The Pep revolution that looked to have made an instant impact at the beginning of the season now seems to be stuck in reverse gear.

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