"We understood immediately they are going to attack with runs in behind".
The night began with a Raheem Sterling opener for City in the 26th minute after fine work was done by German global Leroy Sane, who was also adjudged the man of the match. Those watching at home will also look back on the game in the same way we talk about the Newcastle/Liverpool classics. We will adjust some things, they will adjust some things, but we have to score goals. There was a lot of quality attacking.
City manager Pep Guardiola also hailed his side's composure in clawing their way back into a match that also saw ten yellow cards brandished. The first goal was a mistake, the second was a mistake but today the lesson is that we never give up.
Some of the Ligue 1 leaders said they had gifted the game to City and despite his two goals, Falcao's stuttering runup before his penalty miss was singled out as the turning point.
Were it not for Willy Caballero the visitors would have scored a couple more goals, with the City goalkeeper saving a second-half penalty from Radamel Falcao and then denying him again on the stroke of full-time with a superb save.
Only Lyon's 7-2 win over Werder Bremen in 2005 has seen more goals in knockout game since 1992 than Tuesday night's goal- fest at the Etihad.
Monaco have proved too strong for City's Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur this season and knocked Arsenal out two years ago.
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He said City's only chance in the first leg was to absorb the Monaco pressure and hit back.
"It is one of the most lovely competitions to play, maybe not the most important, but the most lovely and we have to do our best".
"As a spectator, it is so nice to see them, I'm really impressed by how good they are". "The full-backs play like wingers, the wingers play like attacking midfielders". "From the beginning of the season until now, we always attack". Guardiola's squad flew to Abu Dhabi after the game for warm-weather training, with the manager adding: "I am satisfied it is 5-3 because we could be sat here out of the competition because the line was so fine".
This is the first time ever that Monaco have conceded five in a Champions League match.
Argentinian forward Sergio Aguero has been given the nod upfront but he did fall behind Jesus in the pecking order after the Brazilian joined from Palmeiras in January.
'That's the kind of support we want, they were pushing, they were with us.
The game was a thrill to behold, despite referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz having a real shocker of a game.