Monaco v MCity | Another thriller in the works in France

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Manchester City are away at Monaco in the Champions League tonight.


Manchester City are at Monaco for their round of 16 second leg clash, after edging the first leg 5-3 at the Etihad Stadium in what was a thrilling encounter.

Pep Guardiola will know he has got his work cut out against the rampaging Monaco side, who sit atop the Ligue 1 table and he has admitted they will not sit back and defend, but will go on the offensive.

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“The best way [to defend] is score goals," he said.

"When one team scores many goals and you think about just defending, you kill yourself. The idea is to try and attack.

"We scored five goals when it's not easy to score against them. What you have to do is go to score goals."

Meanwhile, Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim says his side will be aiming to score three goals against their English counterparts.

"It will be difficult," he said. "One thing is sure, for us to qualify in our current state, we'll need to score three goals. Two will not be enough. We will play with this target."

Match Facts

Manchester City have never lost to French opposition in European competition (W2, D2).

Meanwhile, Monaco have come out on top in each of their three Champions League knockout ties with English clubs (v Manchester Utd in 1997-98, Chelsea in 2003-04 and Arsenal in 2014-15).

Monaco have lost six of their last eight Champions League knockout games (also W1, D1), with their only win in that time coming in London against Arsenal (3-1, February 2015).

There were 10 yellow cards handed out in the first leg at the Etihad Stadium; the most in a Champions League game this season.

Manchester City and Monaco have both only kept one clean sheet in this season's Champions League: Only Real Madrid have had fewer (0) among teams in the round of 16 (also Napoli on one).

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