Monaco record gives City cause for caution

Manchester City have reason to be wary of their UEFA Champions League round of 16 visitors Monaco, a team who have lost only once in knockout ties against English opposition.

Thomas Lemar (Monaco)
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Manchester City FC have reason to be wary when they host an AS Monaco FC side with a fine record in knockout ties against English opposition in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League last-16 encounter.

• Monaco reached the knockout stage as winners of Group E, while City qualified as Group C runners-up behind FC Barcelona.

Match background

Manchester City
• City are bidding to make the quarter-finals for the second time in their history, following last term's groundbreaking run to the last four.

• They are on a nine-match unbeaten streak at home in the UEFA Champions League (W6 D3).

• City overcame Paris Saint-Germain in last season's quarter-finals, Kevin De Bruyne scoring in both legs as they drew 2-2 in France before a 1-0 victory back in Manchester.

• City's only other brush with French opposition was a 0-0 home draw with Paris in the 2008/09 UEFA Cup group stage. Vincent Kompany and Pablo Zabaleta both played.

• Josep Guardiola won all seven previous round of 16 ties as a coach with Barcelona and FC Bayern München.

Monaco
• Monaco are seeking a second UEFA Champions League quarter-final appearance in three seasons, having last competed in the last eight in 2015 after beating Arsenal FC on away goals in the round of 16 (3-1 a, 0-2 h).

• They have already won on English soil once this term, defeating Tottenham Hotspur FC 2-1 at Wembley Stadium in their group opener, with Bernardo Silva and Thomas Lemar scoring. Lemar struck again when they beat Tottenham 2-1 at home on 22 November.

• Monaco's away record against English league clubs is W4 D2 L2.

• ASM have won all but one of their five previous two-legged ties against teams from England, including UEFA Champions League successes against Manchester United FC (1997/98 quarter-final), Chelsea FC (2003/04 semi-final) and Arsenal FC (2014/15 round of 16.)

Coach and player links
• This is Guardiola's first duel with French opponents since playing in the Barcelona side that overcame Paris 1-0 in the 1997 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup final. He had helped Barcelona to home (2-0) and away (1-0) victories over Monaco in the 1993/94 UEFA Champions League group stage.

• Leonardo Jardim's first encounter with English opposition came as coach of the SC Braga side that beat Birmingham City FC twice (3-1 a, 1-0 h) in the 2011/12 UEFA Europa League group stage. The next season, as Olympiacos FC boss, he faced Arsenal in the 2012/13 UEFA Champions League group stage, losing 3-1 in London but winning 2-1 at home.

• Yaya Touré was a Monaco player in 2006/07, making 27 Ligue 1 outings and scoring five goals.

• Bacary Sagna faced Monaco five times with AJ Auxerre between 2004 and 2007 (W2 D2 L1).

• João Moutinho was in the FC Porto team beaten 4-0 at City in the UEFA Europa League round of 32 on 22 February 2012. Fernando and Nicolás Otamendi also featured for Porto that night.

• During his 2014/15 loan at Manchester United, Radamel Falcao figured as an 83rd-minute substitute in a 4-2 derby home win over City. On loan at Chelsea in 2015/16, the Colombian was a late replacement in a 3-0 loss at City.

• Falcao struck Porto's winner in a 2-1 first-leg home success over Arsenal in the 2009/10 UEFA Champions League round of 16 (agg 2-6). He hit a hat-trick against Chelsea for Club Atlético de Madrid in the 2012 UEFA Super Cup.

• Djibril Sidibé made his home debut for France as a replacement for Sagna during a 4-1 FIFA World Cup qualifying win in October 2016.

• Aleksandar Kolarov scored a free-kick goal for Serbia in a 1-1 friendly draw with France in Belgrade in 2014.

• Have played together:
Fernando & Radamel Falcao (FC Porto, 2009–11)
Fernando, Nicolás Otamendi & João Moutinho (FC Porto, 2010–13)
Bacary Sagna & Djibril Sidibé (France)
Fernandinho & Fabinho (Brazil)

Match facts

Manchester City
• Raheem Sterling is a booking away from a ban.

• City had won their last four fixtures in all competitions before Saturday's FA Cup draw at Huddersfield Town AFC.

• Gabriel Jesus broke a metatarsal bone in his right foot early on in the 2-0 victory at AFC Bournemouth on 13 February.

• Jesus went into the Bournemouth match having scored three goals in his first four appearances in English football.

UEFA Champions League squad changes
In: Kelechi Iheanacho, Gabriel Jesus, Yaya Touré
Out: Angeliño, İlkay Gündoğan, James Horsfield, Pablo Maffeo, Billy O'Brien

Monaco
• Kamil Glik will incur a suspension with his next booking, while Jemerson serves a one-match ban.

• Monaco have won 11 of their 15 games in all competitions since matchday six, losing once – 3-1 at home to Olympique Lyonnais on 18 December.

• Jardim's men will play Paris in the French League Cup final on 1 April.

• Monaco have also made progress in the French Cup, where they will meet Olympique de Marseille on 1 March in the last 16, having beaten AC Ajaccio (2-1) and third-tier FC Chambly (5-4 AET) in 2017.

• Not including the Chambly game, the principality team have scored four goals or more in a match on 11 occasions this season.

• Falcao has scored 13 goals in his last 14 appearances in all competitions.

• Kylian Mbappé, 18, has registered two hat-tricks since the beginning of December, his most recent treble coming in a 5-0 defeat of FC Metz on 11 February.

UEFA Champions League squad changes
In: Franco Antonucci, Dylan Beaulieu, Jorge
Out: Mehdi Beneddine, Corentin Jean, Adama Traoré

*Subject to weekend updates