Gael Clichy: Players should take blame for Manchester City's Euro exit

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Manchester City joined Arsenal and Tottenham in the Champions League exit lounge after suffering a painful 3-1 defeat in Monaco.

The former Sunderland manager went on to say that City need to sign "four, five, six top quality players" in the summer, or they will be in the exact same position next year.

Asked whether Monaco should fear a team in the quarter-finals or if they should be feared instead, coach Leonardo Jardim said: "The second option". Their other star player is Bernardo Silva, 22, who has the ability to find a winning pass and to turn any game on its head.

But that means nothing to Guardiola, who is openly praiseworthy - and fearful - of a Monaco side that has scored 123 goals this season. Just look at the replies to his tweet.

"I think where Pep wants to bring Man City, that's competing in the Champions League and Premier League, he simply doesn't have the players to do it", Keane continued.

HollywoodLifers, do you think that City will be able to hold on to their lead and progress to the next round of the Champions League?


But the Citizens started more aggressively in the second half, and that paid off in the 71st minute when Leroy Sane scored a goal that gave hope for Manchester City fans.

It may arguably be mind games on Monaco's part to keep Guardiola and City guessing as the Colombian international's absence would change the complexion of the game ahead of kick-off given his form this season. "We had the chances to scores lots of goals in the second half".

"Yeah sure. Even when we won the competition in Barcelona, or got to the semi-finals at Bayern, we were never sure we were going to win it, but in that way we can win it", said the Spaniard, the mastermind of Barca's 2009 and 2011 triumphs. You can play and the opponent can beat you, but we were not there.

But first half goals from young forward Kylian Mbappe as well as Fabinho set the French side on their way to the quarter-final stage. We weren't there. We wanted to show personality, not to let them think, but they could pass and pass the ball.

Guardiola's attempt to combat Monaco's forwards by going with an attacking approach backfired as City struggled to gain a first-half foothold. The problem was the first half when we were not there.

The French worldwide insists Guardiola's men must finish the season strongly and try to win the FA Cup to avoid finishing the campaign empty handed.

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