On a matchday that saw the Madrid derby all square, Juventus…
Manchester City have been an enigmatic team this season. Many pipped Pep Guardiola’s citizens to be favorites in the Premier League, but have failed to really compete for the title after a strong start in August and September. Since then, their form has been stuttering, decent run of forms were unceremoniously interrupted by incredible losses to Leicester City and Everton. Their bizarre season continued on with their victory against Monaco in the first leg at the Etihad.
In many cases, the match was a microcosm of what City’s season had been up until now. Raheem Sterling opened the scoring with a fine finish, but then the home side were pegged back by a couple of brilliant goals by Falcao and Mbeppe. The former’s brilliant chip over Caballaro also included bullying John Stones, who has been heavily criticized already this season. However, City were able to score three unanswered goals after they were down 2-3, finishing a performance which saw them defensively look as poor as they have been all season, but offensively brilliant.
The Manchester side are certainly favorites to go forward now, but a draw with PSG, Real Madrid, or Bayern Munich may look incredibly difficult for the citizens to successfully negotiate the tie.