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Guardiola fears Monaco’s ‘killer’ strikers

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola fears Monaco’s “killer” strikers Radamel Falcao and Valere Germain when the two sides meet in Tuesday’s Champions League last 16 first leg.

Ex-Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss Guardiola has won the competition twice as a coach, and never failed to reach the semi-finals in seven attempts.

“To be here is not easy,” he said.

“I want to convince the players to enjoy that moment. It is beautiful.”

While Guardiola’s previous two employers have been European champions 10 times between them, City reached their first semi-final last season and have progressed to the knockout round only four times.

“People can think Manchester City have to be here but a lot of big clubs are not here,” said the 46-year-old. “We are lucky guys.

“Our recent history is quite good but over the long history, Manchester City was not here for a long time.

“All of Europe will watch us, to analyse us, to kill us if we don’t win or say how good we are if we do.”

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