The 2016-17 episode of Manchester City Wandering Around Europe has begun, and oh my, what a doozy it’s been so far.
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Following their first leg victory over Monaco — which made no sense whatsoever — three weeks ago, Man City held a 5-3 aggregate lead heading into Wednesday’s second-leg decider at the Stade Louis II. After eight minutes, their advantage had been halved to 5-4. After 29 minutes, it was gone altogether, Pep Guardiola‘s side going out of the competition on away goals, for the time being (it’s only halftime, and a goal — without another one conceded — would still send City through).
It’s the latter part of that hypothetical which seems most problematic for City, given the shocking state of defending currently on display.
In Wednesday’s other round-of-16 second leg, Atletico Madrid, playing at home, have a firm grasp on their 4-2 aggregate lead (including four away goals) over Bayer Leverkusen.