By Emma Sanders
Manchester City fans reacted with relief on Twitter when it was revealed they will play Monaco in the first knock-out clash of the Champions League.
Pep Guardiola’ side will take on the French Ligue 1 outfit in the last 16.
City finished second in their Group C group, six points behind leaders Barcelona who are one of the favourites to win the competition.
— Manchester City (@ManCity) December 12, 2016
The Sky Blues overcame competition from Borussia Munchengladbach and Celtic but will now face the winners of Group E who emerged as leaders in a group which included Premier League rivals, Tottenham.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side did not make it through to the last 16 after they suffered 2-1 defeat against Monaco and the French team also finished one point above Bayer Leverkusen.
City drew 1-1 in their last Champions League group stage fixture against Celtic but will be hoping to produce a much better performance against Monaco in the last 16 knock-out game.
Monaco’s last game ended in a disappointing 3-0 defeat against Leverkusen but they also recorded a comfortable 3-0 victory against CSKA Moscow and the win against Spurs.
Manchester City were impressive in the 3-1 victory against Barcelona last month in the competition but a recent dip in domestic form will make it an interesting encounter.
Fans are still fairly confident of victory though.
Here is a selection of the messages on Twitter:
— thomas carrt238 (@t238carr) December 12, 2016
perfect for us #mcfc
— @Fhumulani Mck Carlo💧 (@MckCarlo) December 12, 2016
— ॐLizzie Efemie MCFC卐 (@L_Efemie_MCFC) December 12, 2016
buy some defenders in Jan and we'll be OK #mcfc
— Raza (@Raza_MCFC) December 12, 2016
nice draw for us
— Marcel (@sauceprinz) December 12, 2016
happy with that ! #ManCity
— Davros (@Davros1736) December 12, 2016
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