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Monaco versus Manchester City should be an epic Champions League game at the stunning Stade Louis II in Fontvieille.

Since their defeat at Manchester, Monaco have gone on to win four straight, and now sit atop the French Ligue 1, three points clear of Paris Saint-Germain. In both legs against City, Monaco were brilliant in the first half, thanks in significant part to the running, power, skill and nous of Fabinho, Bakayoko and Bernardo Silva.

Guardiola, twice a Champions League victor with Barcelona, is unsure whether that approach can see City lift the cup in Cardiff on June 3.

They have a two-goal deficit to make up against City but have three away goals to their name and are still well in the tie.

The City boss said that attack would be the best form of defence, but he got that part of the equation wrong in the first half as City failed to muster a single effort on goal in the Champions League for the first time.

"I can not be happy with that but it shows the spirit of Monaco". City needing to stifle the home side and deny them opportunities, yet Guardiola's approach gifted Leonardo Jardim's team the chance to get back into the tie and the hosts were duly 2-0 ahead after just 29 minutes. The best way to defend is to attack well.

"I want to see a team from the first minute looking to win the game". Monaco know that they can score goals that can put them through but Manchester City are fully aware of how much they can trouble them too.

Atletico Madrid reached the quarterfinal of the Champions League for the fourth successive season in a series that was settled in the first leg when Atletico won 4-2 in Leverkusen. But all three also vanished in both second halves, perhaps spent after the effort they'd put in, nearly costing their team the tie; there is a happy medium, and they must find it.

"I think that when you play at the highest level, you're always playing in big matches whether it's in the Premier League, the cups, the Champions League or at global level".

Even if Falcao misses the cut, Monaco boast goals from all over, having banged in 84 in Ligue 1 alone.

However, as their almost-cavalier approach proved in the first leg, all-out attack does leave them exposed and against a City side not short of firepower, that wouldn't be the wisest decision.

But true to their identity, Monaco did not give in and went straight back on the offensive.