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 By Simon Curtis

Sterling leads attacking onslaught but defensive issues still trouble Man City

Sergio Aguero scored twice as Man City overcame a 3-2 deficit to earn a thrilling first-leg win over Monaco.
BT Sport highlight: Sergio Aguero scored twice as Man City overcame a 3-2 deficit to earn a thrilling first-leg win over Monaco.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley, Alejandro Moreno and Steve Nicol have a go at Pep Guardiola, John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi.
Sergio Aguero netted two goals and added an assist to help lift Manchester City to a thrilling 5-3 victory over Monaco.
Raheem Sterling and John Stones acknowledge Manchester City still have work to do in the second leg at Monaco.
Alejandro Moreno breaks down the defensive errors from Manchester City that lead to all three of Monaco's goals.

Any thoughts of a cagey Champions League knockout tie were thrown out and replaced by utter slapstick at the Etihad. A thriller ended with Monaco melting in the face of a pulsating comeback by Manchester City, whose own Achilles heel had been their initial undoing. Character shone through, however; who could bet against the same thing happening in the second leg?

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City showed incredible mettle to get back into a game that had threatened to run away from them completely. Aided by an erratic...

Man City come from 3-2 down, beat Monaco 5-3 in wild Champions League tie

BT Sport highlight: Sergio Aguero scored twice as Man City overcame a 3-2 deficit to earn a thrilling first-leg win over Monaco.
Sergio Aguero scored twice as Man City overcame a 3-2 deficit to earn a thrilling first-leg win over Monaco.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley, Alejandro Moreno and Steve Nicol have a go at Pep Guardiola, John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi.
Sergio Aguero was booked for simulation, but should he have been awarded a penalty?
Monaco's Radamel Falcao overpowered the Man City defence and ended his run with a world-class chip over the keeper.
The ESPN FC panel assess the return of Radamel Falcao and the potential of Kylian Mbappe.
Alejandro Moreno breaks down the defensive errors from Manchester City that lead to all three of Monaco's goals.

MANCHESTER, England -- Three quick thoughts from a wonderful Champions League evening at the Etihad Stadium as Manchester City rallied from 3-2 down to defeat AS Monaco 5-3 in their round-of-16 first leg Tuesday.

1. City edge a thriller to keep European hopes alive

If manager Pep Guardiola was hired to bring Champions League glory to Manchester City, he has brought European entertainment in abundance. A ludicrously eventful game saw City conjure victory, by two goals, from the jaws of defeat, but...

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Champions League social reaction: 14 goals as City, Atletico win

BT Sport highlight: Sergio Aguero scored twice as Man City overcame a 3-2 deficit to earn a thrilling first-leg win over Monaco.
Sergio Aguero scored twice as Man City overcame a 3-2 deficit to earn a thrilling first-leg win over Monaco.
Monaco's Radamel Falcao overpowered the Man City defence and ended his run with a world-class chip over the keeper.
Raheem Sterling and John Stones acknowledge Manchester City still have work to do in the second leg at Monaco.
Alejandro Moreno breaks down the defensive errors from Manchester City that lead to all three of Monaco's goals.

The Champions League can sometimes prove to a dull affair. Not Tuesday night. Oh no. Just the 14 goals, incident aplenty as Man City beat Monaco 5-3 and Atletico overcame Bayer Leverkusen 4-2. The night that European football showed it's back!

Things started off quite well. Raheem Sterling netted for City in the first half an hour, while Atletico Madrid went 2-0 up.

Man City's chance to overturn fan distrust of the Champions League

Mark Donaldson and Craig Burley try to predict this week's UCL fixtures, as Leicester look to curb their struggling form.

To suggest that Manchester City and their supporters have a love-hate relationship with the Champions League would perhaps be pushing it too far. Quite simply, there is precious little love for the competition in the blue half of Manchester and it will take more than the visit of AS Monaco on Tuesday to change that.

Theirs is a multi-layered antipathy towards the Champions League and UEFA, which has developed into outright hostility at times. Even the pleading of manager Pep Guardiola earlier...

 By Nick Miller

Guardiola may have already given up on injury-prone Kompany at Man City

Former Manchester City defender Michael Tarnat believes Pep Guardiola's career in England is only getting better.
Ian Darke suggests Manchester City could have trouble with Monaco's attack in the Champions League.
Despite a scoreless draw, Pep Guardiola praises Man City's performance in a difficult away match against Huddersfield.
Pep Guardiola says he fully expected a tough outing against Huddersfield Town as they were forced to a 5th round replay.
David Wagner's Huddersfield forced a replay with Man City in a gritty fifth round FA Cup tie.
David Wagner's Huddersfield forced a replay with Man City in a gritty fifth round FA Cup tie.

Watching Manchester City at the moment is a slightly curious business. Up front, they're all speed and vim, rapid passing matched with even more rapid running. A front five of Gabriel Jesus, Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, David Silva and Leroy Sane is, to say the least, impressive. You know things are in decent shape when Sergio Aguero is a useful reserve and Kelechi Iheanacho, scorer of six goals in nine starts, can barely get a sniff.

At the back it's a different story. Of the Premier League's...

 By David Mooney

Man City will need big-game mentality to get the better of Monaco

Julien Laurens joins the FC show to highlight Monaco, and why Man City would be remiss to take them lightly in the UCL.
Despite a scoreless draw, Pep Guardiola praises Man City's performance in a difficult away match against Huddersfield.
Has the FA Cup lost its magic? Shaka Hislop certainly feels that could be the case with how it's played out this season.

Manchester City fans were quite rightly very impressed with the way their side performed in their 3-1 victory over Barcelona in the Champions League group stage in November, but the time has come for their team to prove that they have well and truly arrived on the European stage.

There have been moments in the past where it's felt like the club have clicked in the competition, only for them to fall apart under a little bit of pressure in later rounds.

Notable victories against the European elite...