Champions League: Aguero strikes in comeback win for City

Radamel Falcao has been in inspired form for Monaco this season scoring 20 goals already

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes he has silenced his critics after the thrilling nature of his side's win over Monaco in last night's Champions League tie. "We are not going to defend that result".

It is still open for the return leg - nothing is finished.

"I can see very good how well I am playing for the team, even without me scoring".

"That is why we are satisfied to be here and I would like to convince the players to enjoy this moment, because it is lovely".

If City's front three of Aguero, Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling play as well as they did in the first leg, City will claim the goals that Guardiola desires.

The second leg of the fixture will take place at 8:45am on 16 March (NZT) at Stade Louis II in Monaco, with the home side having to overturn a two-goal deficit in order to qualify for the tournament's quarter-final stage. "We missed a penalty and let in a goal that was not good, the confidence went down", added the Italian veteran. First there is the second leg to play.

Guardiola's backline will be without captain Vincent Kompany once more, although left-back Gael Clichy has recovered from a back injury. Guardiola could pick the more defensive-minded Fernando in the middle too, which would help. "He knows, everyone knows", Guardiola told reporters on Monday. "When two teams want to attack and attack, the football is marvellous". Slight edge to City, but if Monaco can win 2-0 or 3-1, they will be through.

But back came City with three goals in 11 minutes. Monaco preferred the right, where Djibril Sidible constantly broke forward and Bernardo Silva saw a lot of the ball. "If we don't score in Monaco, we will be eliminated".

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The biggest issue for Monaco is keeping the goals out at the other end. The full-backs play like wingers and the wingers play like attacking midfielders.

His teams at Barcelona and Bayern Munich never just sat back and defended. "People think it is easy for Manchester City". It had to be ideal, and it was.

Radamel Falcao and Sergio Aguero, two attackers forged from Atletico Madrid's imperious striker factory, stole the headlines.

"We work hard to put on a show", said Jardim, whose team have now scored 111 goals in all competitions this season and are the top scorers in Europe's five top leagues. It could end up another classic match.

AS Monaco enter this tie after they were forced to settle for a draw against Bastia.

"After the game my wife called me and said we were looking young today, the team was brilliant". If they do that, then Monaco's heads could go down. The pressure will really be on.

Chris Waddle was speaking to BBC Sport's Chris Bevan.

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