Monaco held on for a 3-1 victory at home against Manchester City, going through despite a strong late push from City. With the win, they progress to the quarterfinals via away goals with a 6-6 aggregate score.
But what did we learn from this one?
1. City’s second half rally was too little, too late
Monaco dominated the first half against City, playing on the front foot and going directly at the Citizens’ weak defense. Pep Guardiola did well to adjust his team for the second half, and it looked like his tweaks worked when Leroy Sane made it 2-1, but it just wasn’t good enough.
2. Sergio Aguero could have won this game for City
Sergio Aguero had a couple key misses that could’ve changed the whole game for City. He wasn’t able to tuck them away, and his inability to find the back of the net means City are going home empty-handed.
This doesn’t bode well for Aguero’s future in a sky-blue shirt.
3. Bernardo Silva is ready for the next step
Bernardo Silva’s been very very good for a while at Monaco. He was fantastic in the first leg against City, and he was brilliant in the second leg as well. His ability on the ball, energy, eye for a pass and delivery were all impeccable, and he showed that he’s ready to make the jump to a more established club (no disrespect to Monaco).
4. Manchester City’s defense sunk them
Six goals over two legs. That’s not Champions League challenger material.
City’s defense has let them down over and over again this season, and they did it once again on the biggest stage on Wednesday. They were poor individually, as a collective, and it cost them.
Shoring up the backline will be priority one in the summer.
5. Kylian Mbappe is the truth
Lil Thierry Henry isn’t doing much to cool the comparisons between he and the French legend. Mbappe opened the scoring for Monaco, and he terrorized City’s defense for an entire half before cooling off in the second period. He was taken off after 81 minutes, but it was more than enough of a showcase of just how special this kid can be.
6. Tiemoue Bakayoko shined
Ivory Coast international Tiemoue Bakayoko was fantastic both on the defensive side and in possession for Monaco. His imposing presence in the middle of the field helped control the match for the home side, and his bullet header got them the win. It’s not hard to see why some of Europe’s biggest clubs are chasing the 22-year-old defensive midfielder.