Manchester City boss knows exactly why his side lost to Monaco

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Pep Guardiola has refused to blame his tactics for Manchester City’s defeat to Monaco in the Champions League round of 16 on Wednesday, per Sky.

City went out on away goals after a 3-1 defeat at the Stade Louis II, despite coming into the game with a 5-3 advantage from the home leg.

It is officially Guardiola’s worst season in the Champions League, having previously never been knocked out before the semi final stage.

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But the Catalan stood by his tactics, having dropped Yaya Toure, instead claiming his inability to motivate the team for the first half was his downfall.

“All managers make mistakes but I don’t think it was down to a tactical mistake.

“It’s simple. The difference was between the first and the second half. In the second half we tried to win the game, we tried to play. I did it all my career in that way.

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“But the problem was the first half. We weren’t there. We wanted to show personality, not to let them think, but they could pass and pass the ball. We forgot to do that in the first half.

“My mistake was being not able to convince them to do that. I did in the second half but it was too late.”

City’s only real hope of silverware now is in the FA Cup, with Arsenal to come in the last four.

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