Aguero V Falcao and four other talking points from Man City's Champions League tie with Monaco

Manchester City host Monaco in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Tuesday. Here are some of the main talking points ahead of the game.

Monaco's form

When the draw for the first knockout round was made last December, there was a broad consensus that City would have been happy, having avoided the likes of Atletico Madrid, Juventus and Borussia Dortmund. Monaco's form since may have changed the picture, however, with the principality team having marked themselves out as serious contenders. They lead Ligue 1 by three points from Paris St Germain, having scored 76 goals in their 26 games.

Aguero V Falcao

With two such attack-minded sides, this tie could feature plenty of goals over the two legs. Attention will focus on City's top scorer Sergio Aguero, who is back leading the line following an injury to impressive new signing Gabriel Jesus.

Aguero, who has scored 18 goals this term, had been on the bench for three successive games before starting at Huddersfield on Saturday. With speculation over his future continuing, he may have a point to prove. Radamel Falcao, who failed to impress in loan spells at Manchester United and Chelsea, seems back to his best this term having struck 19 times this season. He is once again a player to fear.

City's goalkeeper

Claudio Bravo kept a clean sheet after returning in goal for City in Saturday's FA Cup tie at Huddersfield.

It remains to be seen, however, whether this is a return to favour or simply manager Pep Guardiola maintaining his policy of rotating goalkeepers for domestic cup matches. Willy Caballero had played the previous four matches and conceded just one goal. The Argentinian has a good chance of starting but Guardiola says he will decide on the day.

Champions League prospects

With PSG thrashing Barcelona, the five-time European champions last week, the competition does seem wide open.

City would not be regarded among the favourites yet but if they can get through this round, the event could open up. They can take encouragement from the fact they reached the semi-finals last year, beating PSG along the way, and Guardiola's undoubted Champions League know-how gives them an extra weapon.

Etihad Stadium atmosphere

City fans have been slow to warm to the Champions League, and still boo the competition's anthem in protest at perceived past wrongs by UEFA, but the last year has seen love for Europe's elite club event grow. The atmosphere for last year's big ties against PSG and Real Madrid was electric, as it was for this season's group visit from Barca. City will hope the crowd can give them an edge in this tie, particularly with Monaco having a small following.


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