City shock Monaco in eight-goal thriller

Manchester City 5-3 AS Monaco City take control of last-16 tie after stunning first leg

Leroy Sane celebrates his goal

Manchester City came out on top in an epic Champions League battle against Monaco as late goals by John Stones and Leroy Sane secured a 5-3 victory in a last 16 first-leg thriller on Tuesday that had goals galore and a missed penalty.

"We have changed a lot of players over the last three seasons and we're here in the last 16 again". All the kind words will, of course be forgotten when the referee blows the whistle to start the game, but City will know they are in for a proper Champions League contest.

De Bruyne is the real linchpin that pulls City together, connecting their solid midfield to their pacy attackers as they look either for quick counters or to work in tight spaces against teams who sit back. They lead Ligue 1 by three points from Paris St Germain, having scored 76 goals in their 26 games.

When asked about who will he be rooting for, he's not afraid of saying it's not Monaco: "It's a mix of feelings and I won't root for any of them".

If Manchester City are going to be in Cardiff for the Champions League Final on June 3rd, they may look back at a insane night in February as the point when they caught lightning in a bottle.

"As a spectator, it is so nice to see them. You have to live the situation like we are lucky guys".

He added: "It is one of the most lovely competitions to play". Both capable of creating a striking brand of football that is easy on the eye, this is a real litmus test for each of the two teams to prove they belong in to top tier of European football.

"He is so important for his personality", Guardiola said Monday of Toure.

"The system and the way they play now is ideal for him".

Pep Guardiola's men are unbeaten in their last eight Champions League home games, and have never lost to French opposition in Europe, winning one and drawing two.

But while that was the end of the strikes from the Ligue 1 side, the goal fest was far from over.

But Portuguese boss Jardim said: "I think that all managers and players want to coach and play at the highest level and today the Premier League is perhaps the biggest national league in Europe and everyone would like to have the opportunity to coach here".

The game had everything - there was even a missed penalty by Falcao when Monaco was 2-1 ahead - and it was a night to send coaches insane and to leave spectators wanting more.

The night's other match was also a goal feast, with Atletico Madrid winning 4-2 at Bayer Leverkusen.

"It doesn't bother me at all that I haven't scored as often", he said.

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