Manchester City defender, Bacary Sagna said the club “forgot to play” against Monaco in the Champions league round-of-16 second led in France as they were dumped out.
City surrendered their 5-3 first-leg advantage as they lost 3-1 at Stade Louis II, exiting the competition on away goals.
City Manager Pep Guardiola’s attempts to combat Monaco’s dangerous attacking force by going with an all-out attacking approach himself backfired as City failed to gain any meaningful first-half possession.
By the interval they were 2-0 down after goals from Kylian Mbappe and Fabinho, and although Leroy Sane put City back in control, a powerful header by Tiemoue Bakayoko ending their hope of advancing.
Sagna, speaking ahead of their vital Premier League clash against top-four rivals Liverpool on Sunday said, “It is a massive disappointment.
“We forgot to play in the first half, we forgot to fight as a team, defend as a team and press as a team.
“We gave them too much respect and against these kind of players, we put ourselves in danger.
“We have to congratulate them. They are through, we are out, and we have to recover because on Sunday we have an important game.
“I expect a reaction from the team. I expect more desire, to show more passion. We did show passion in the second half but it is not enough.