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Manchester City v Monaco: reaction, analysis

Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim feels Manchester City will be favourites in their last-16 showdown, but the Ligue 1 side boast an impressive record against English opponents.

Manchester City v Monaco: reaction, analysis
Manchester City v Monaco: reaction, analysis ©UEFA.com

Match dates: 21 February, 15 March


Txiki Begiristain, Manchester City director of football: "Monaco are playing probably the best football in France now. In the group of Tottenham and Bayer Leverkusen they were top. They have young players and a lot of talent. They play good football. It is a good draw."

Leonardo Jardim, Monaco coach: "Manchester City are a big team, semi-finalists last season with a lot of quality players. We aren't favourites but I have faith in our qualities. That said, there are over 60 days between now and the tie. In football, that's a long time. Everything can change. But it's certain that, along with Bayern and Real Madrid, they were the strongest of the second-placed sides, and Pep Guardiola is one of the best coaches in the world."

Monaco enjoy their home win against Tottenham
Monaco enjoy their home win against Tottenham©AFP/Getty Images

Key facts

  • These teams have never played each other before.
  • City are unbeaten in their three previous games against French sides – all against Paris Saint-Germain.
  • The English club drew 0-0 at home to Paris in the 2008/09 UEFA Cup group stage and eliminated them in last season's UEFA Champions League quarter-finals (2-2 away, 1-0 home).
  • Monaco registered two 2-1 victories against Tottenham in this season's group stage.
  • The Ligue 1 team's record versus English sides: P16 W8 D4 L4.
  • Monaco knocked out Arsenal in the round of 16 in 2014/15.
  • Yaya Touré, omitted from City's group stage squad, spent the 2006/07 campaign with Monaco, scoring five goals in 27 Ligue 1 appearances.