Guardiola: I've failed if we win nothing

Sane looks in relaxed mood ahead of Manchester City's Champions League tie against Monaco

After a thriller in the first leg of the last-16 clash against Monaco three weeks ago and the second leg to come next Wednesday, the Champions League remains very much in the balance even at this early juncture. Yaya Toure chipped a pass out to Pablo Zabaleta racing down the right.

"You have to be ready to defend crosses and deal with those long balls at the back. It brings confidence", the Argentina worldwide told reporters.

Yaya Toure fed Pablo Zabaleta on the right flank with a defence-splitting pass and the Argentine defender drove a flawless ball across the face of goal for Silva to shoot home from close range. In the first half we played awesome but we didn't score a goal and in the second half we had chances but we didn't play like the first half. "And after we can play the final".

The former Real Madrid coach was berated by fans during this game for being inactive in the technical area - he spent virtually the entire 90 minutes with his hands in his pockets - while Pep Guardiola constantly issued instructions and motivation to his City players. "At the end of the day, you have to be defensively strong enough to win those duels and [against Middlesbrough] we did".

It was a goal destined to further erode the fragile confidence of a Middlesbrough team that struggled to find an immediate response apart from two terrible tackles, one that earned a caution for Antonio Barragan and another that should have brought the same punishment for Grant Leadbitter.

"We are under the cosh from all corners and we will keep fighting".

Their opponents aren't in particularly good form, with three losses in their last five matches, and their only win in that span coming over a League One team in the last round of the FA Cup - and even that required a late victor to pull off. City, meanwhile, have won three in five, but the other two matches were major disappointments. "But I know we will be judged on the titles we have won". Look what happened with PSG and Barcelona.

"Of course I will be pleased, not just to go back and remember what we have done, but because playing semi-final there will be nice". But we're not thinking about the final now. "The reason we're creating more goals and conceding fewer is the way we play".



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