Guardiola: “I am so happy for the result and the performance" against Monaco.

Pep Guardiola was happy his side secured a two-goal advantage after their Champions League last-16 tie against Monaco.

Manchester City beat Ligue 1 leaders Monaco in Europe's elite competition on Tuesday night as the Citizens fought back to seal a 5-3 win at the Etihad.

City are now the favourites to advance to the last eight thanks to goals from Raheem Sterling, two from Sergio Aguero and one apiece for John Stones and Leroy Sane.

And following the triumph Guardiola said as quoted: “We attacked in small spaces and we defended with huge spaces behind. That’s why they wanted me to come here. Everybody has to be congratulated because if one team can score a thousand million goals, it’s Monaco!

“If you are not able to control all the game, especially the counter attack, it’s so rough. We have to improve – the first and second goals were mistakes.

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“Today, the lesson is: we never gave up. In some moments we were lucky but we were unlucky in the first half.“I am so happy for the result and the performance. We are still alive.

“These kind of things help this club achieve another step forward.“Monaco have more history in the competition. You have to live these kind of situation to get better and become a better team.

“It’s a huge compliment for the players to be there – to never give up. That’s why we are still alive.”

The former Barca coach also hailed goalkeeper Willy Caballero, who made a number of crucial saves including Falcao's penalty.

“In that moment it would have been 1-3 and mentally would have been so tough,” he admitted, “but Willy made an excellent penalty save.

“It was a marvellous game – everybody enjoyed it in the stadium and at home.”

This game is the first time eight goals have been scored in the first leg of a Champions League knockout game.

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