Manchester City crashed out of the Champions League on away goals after losing 3-1 in Monaco on Wednesday night to draw the tie 6-6 after two thrilling legs.
Pep Guardiola’s side took a 5-3 lead to the Stade Louis II after a remarkable attacking display at the Etihad Stadium three weeks ago, but very little of that was seen on Wednesday night, with City labouring for the large majority of the encounter.
Defeat saw Guardiola exit the competition at the earliest stage of his managerial career, and it leaves the Citizens with only one genuine chance of silverware this term in the FA Cup.
It took Monaco just eight minutes to get themselves back into the tie, with the impressive Kylian Mbappe giving Leonardo Jardim’s men the lead, which was then doubled 21 minutes later through Fabinho’s fine finish.
City struggled to get a foothold and as it stood they were heading out, only for the in-form Leroy Sane to edge them in front 19 minutes from time when he reacted quickest to stab home after Danijel Subasic parried Raheem Sterling’s effort.
However, Monaco netted the all-important third just six minutes later when Timeoue Bakayoko headed Thomas Lemar’s free-kick past the despairing Willy Caballero.
It was a testing night for City which saw them exit the competition at the last 16 for the third time in four years, and unsurprisingly many supporters took to Twitter after the game to express their disappointment at City’s display, most notably in the first half…
Nothing else to say.
— The City Bulletin (@TheCityBulletin) March 15, 2017
Shambles of a performance that #MCFC
— Aaron Gee (@aarongee12) March 15, 2017
Paid ultimately for that horrible first half performance. Can't understand why we were so slow and laboured against such as good side #mcfc
— Graham (@gkmcfc74) March 15, 2017
First half was a gutless performance second half was better but still embarrassing how long does this go on before something changes? #mcfc
— Joseph Wood (@heisjoewood) March 15, 2017
Looks like another performance where #mcfc think 45 mins effort is acceptable.
I'll tell you it isn't and never will be.
— Kevin Mulvaney (@Mulvaney1Kevin) March 15, 2017
Manager Guardiola also came in for much criticism from City fans, with his tactics and selection questioned by some…
— H.J.R (@UAP_hunter) March 15, 2017
Have to say my first grip with Pep. Got his team selection wrong against Stoke. Got it wrong tonight.
Needed Yaya. Stubborn #mcfc
— Jay (@apolloj19) March 15, 2017
Pep isn't exempt from criticism – set up the team wrong tonight …big time. #MCFC
— Jim (@Jimbos57) March 15, 2017
Tactics totally wrong. Pellegrini got slated for this last season. Guardiola at fault in my opinion #mcfc
— Allan Cooke (@al_cooke) March 15, 2017
While many blasted some of City’s star names for a below-par performance in Monaco…
— Mohammad Hammoudeh (@Hammoudeh201) March 15, 2017
— Jacob Stear (@jacobstear) March 15, 2017
— Chris.Tobin (@christobinsings) March 15, 2017
De Bruyne let us down today. Aguero let us down today. Barely anyone stepped up. #mcfc
— Payaso (@KolarovLeftFoot) March 15, 2017
And many turned their attentions to the rest of the campaign, placing particular emphasis on an FA Cup success this term…
Gotta win the FA Cup and finish top four to make this a decent season now #MCFC
— Brandon Lee (@97brandonlee) March 15, 2017
Absolutely pathetic defending from #MCFC tonight. Huge summer for Guardiola. An FA Cup win keeps him par for the season at best
— Ryan Sketchley (@RyanSketch) March 15, 2017
Disappointed that we've crashed out of the Champions League. Gotta focus on winning the FACup now. #MCFC
— Peter Legato (@PeterLegato) March 15, 2017