Guardiola: City exit my fault

Guardiola: City exit my fault”

Hired to turn Manchester City into true European heavyweights, Pep Guardiola failed just like those before him as his expensively-assembled side crashed out of the Champions League to Monaco on Wednesday.

Guardiola twice won the Champions League with Barcelona in 2009 and 2011 however will need to wait till next season to achieve the feat with Manchester City.

A 3-1 defeat in the Riviera principality rendered City's 5-3 home win academic as Monaco went through on away goals after an astonishing last 16 tie ended 6-6 on aggregate. "The season will still be very long, we need to conserve all our energy for the end of the season, but it'll be hard".

"He has played almost the whole season so far so if he has one week with more treatment than training and another week with light training for him, then yes, he would be completely okay".

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"The easy angle is to say there'll be goals because of both teams' defensive frailties, but it's time now for both of them to learn".

"And to spend £40-£50 million on every player means you would have to spend £500m-£'s impossible. No idea! I'm more interested in what mood we are in".

"I am so happy with the squad". "The way he's working, the way his team is playing makes me want to study the games. A lot of these guys will be here next season".

But French right-back Sagna felt it was City's failure to match Monaco's desire that caused their meltdown.

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"All the managers and sporting directors want to improve and get better". I thought they'd be fine under Guardiola, but then again it's City. "We changed the system and I think it worked quite well, we managed to create more chances, but unfortunately we didn't score (enough)".

"I want to be involved in that as much as possible and to help my team to make the next step". I think that's not too bad.

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp remains convinced he is the best person to lead the club to its first Premier League title since 1990. He prefers to win the Champions League, he was not there (at the game) but he is always close.

The race for the top four is heating up as the season enters its business end, with five teams battling it out for the remaining three places; Chelsea are seemingly out of reach of their chasing pack and are nearly guaranteed Champions League football in the 2017/18 campaign as they are now 10 points clear at the top of the table. Speculation has gathered pace in recent weeks that the German global could be on his way out of the club, with his current contract set to expire at the end of next season.

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Leicester, fresh from their dramatic Champions League win over Sevilla, have a chance to pull clear of the relegation battle when they take on West Ham. Today is one of my best moments as a coach but I hope it will not be the last.

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