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Opinion

Four truths as Monaco dump Manchester City out of Champions League

Thursday 16th March 2017
In a thrilling night on the French Riviera, Manchester City was taught harsh footballing lessons by AS Monaco in the UEFA Champions League. The Ligue 1 giants superbly overcame a 5-3 away defeat to advance to the quarter-finals - thanks to a 3-1 win on Wednesday night.

We take a look at four obvious facts from that nail-biting encounter at the Stade Louis II.

1 - Guardiola just like every other coach

 Guardiol sent parking at this stage for the first time
Guardiol sent parking at this stage for the first time
Don't be deceived by his rich resume, City's elimination at the hands of Monaco might just have affirmed the obvious - that Pep Guardiola isn't the genius or messiah he's always painted as. The Spanish tactician landed in England with so much hype, swagger and gloat; one which would have frightfully made other managers relinquish every single title to him. But in reality, City have been average since his arrival. Guardiola's tactical perversity and know-it-all attitude are apparently costing his team; highlighted in his decision to start Aleksandar Kolarov ahead of Nicolas Otamendi in defence; while Kevin De Bruyne was preferred to powerhouse, Yaya Toure. Even after his tactical oversight backfired against Monaco, the self-acclaimed football lord was adamant saying: "all managers make mistakes but I don't think it was down to a tactical mistake."

2 - Jardim obsessed with beating English teams



What exactly does Leonardo Jardim have against English sides? The Venezuelan-born Portuguese manager is gradually earning a reputation for eliminating Premier League teams from the Champions League. It all started with Arsenal in the second round of the 2014/15 edition where Jardim's lads stunned the Gunners 3-1 on the road and then lost 2-0 at home. Tottenham was the next to get a share of the agony; losing both legs against the French league leaders in this season's group stage. Then City got theirs in the most painful manner, having been eliminated on away goal rule. What then happens if the only English side, Leicester City, are paired with Jardim's team? We wait and see.

3 - Mbappe next Henry? No, he is better

 Mbappe has scored 17 goals from just 16 starts for Monaco
Mbappe has scored 17 goals from just 16 starts for Monaco
Monaco's Kylian Mbappe is unarguably one of the hottest properties in world football at the moment. At 18, he's literally on track to score more goals than years he has lived on the planet, no wonder he's been branded the next Thierry Henry. But with each passing day and game, Mbappe has made everyone realise how better he is when compared to the French legend at the same age. He has already broken two records held by the ex-Arsenal man while at Monaco (for youngest debutant and goalscorer) and is on track to accomplish even more. Mbappe followed up his strike in the first leg with another eight minutes into the encounter at the Stade Louis II which happens to be his 18th of the season; just two away from equalling Henry's tally in five seasons at the Principality club.

4 - Monaco back among Europe's elites



Whether or not they win the Champions League, Monaco definitely deserves to be recognised amongst Europe's top sides. With 126 goals in all competitions, Jardim's side is by far the best attacking team in Europe. Constituted of relatively unknown young players, Monaco parades a team buzzing in energy, teamwork and persistence. The Ligue 1 club is now unbeaten on home soil in their last six matches and has scored a remarkable 84 goals in front of their home fans this season – almost 30 more than their domestic rivals, PSG. Their feat against City makes them the only team in history to advance after conceding five goals in the first leg.
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