Monaco v Manchester City preview: Nicolas Otamendi targeting away win

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Monaco v Manchester City preview: Nicolas Otamendi targeting away win

Nicolas Otamendi says Manchester City will not be sitting back on their two-goal lead when they travel to Monaco for the second leg of their Champions League last-16 clash on Wednesday.

The Premier League side came from 3-2 down to win a thrilling first leg 5-3 at the Etihad, leaving Monaco needing to score at least twice if they are to progress to the quarter-finals.

But City defender Otamendi is aware of the threat posed by the Ligue 1 leaders, who are the top scorers in Europe’s top five leagues, having scored 123 goals.

“We’re aware Monaco are a really great team,” he said. “They have very important players. You can’t give them a single chance because they are very good.

“We need to correct some defensive mistakes but our aim is to go there and win. We’ll think of it as if it’s 0-0 and will go there to win.”

Since beating Monaco in the first leg, City have advanced to the semi-finals of the FA Cup with wins over Huddersfield and Middlesbrough.

They have also kept seven clean sheets in their past 10 matches.

“We know they are very powerful team from midfield and attack, and their full-backs like to go forward,” said Otamendi. “We need to focus at all times and correct those small mistakes.”

Monaco have won three of four games since the first leg, scoring 12 goals.

“We’re at a crucial stage in the season. In the Champions League, one mistake in a game can be fatal,” said Monaco striker Radamel Falcao, who is expected to be fit.

“We need to raise our level of concentration to make up for our lack of experience in this competition.”

Team news

City have no new injury concerns, with Willy Caballero expected to return in goal to replace Claudio Bravo.

Monaco will be without Kamil Glik due to suspension while Gabriel Boschilia and Guido Carrillo are out with injury.

Falcao suffered a hip injury after coming on as a substitute against Bordeaux on Saturday, but is expected to be available.

Match stats

Manchester City have never lost to French opposition in European competition (W2 D2).

Meanwhile, Monaco have come out on top in each of their three Champions League knockout ties with English clubs (v Manchester Utd in 1997/98, Chelsea in 2003/04, Arsenal in 2014/15).

Monaco have lost six of their past eight Champions League knockout games (W1 D1), with their only win in that time coming in London against Arsenal (3-1, February 2015).

There were 10 yellow cards handed out in the first leg at the Etihad Stadium; the most in a Champions League game this season.

Manchester City and Monaco have both only kept one clean sheet in this season’s Champions League: Only Real Madrid have had fewer (0) among teams in the last 16 (also Napoli on one).

Raheem Sterling has been directly involved in 10 goals across his past nine Champions League starts (five goals, five assists).