Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne is targeting another deep
Champions League run, although Pep Guardiola's side must first
negotiate a tricky last 16 second leg against Monaco this week.
City recovered from twice falling behind to outgun the French
league leaders 5-3 in the opening leg in Manchester, but Monaco's
formidable attacking threat could still shatter the Premier
League club's aspirations.
Under Manuel Pellegrini last season City reached the semi-finals
for the first time, losing to eventual champions Real Madrid 1-0
on aggregate, and De Bruyne is confident they can go further with
"I think we can reach the final, but of course the other teams
will think the same and that doesn't make it easier," the Belgium
international told UEFA.com
"It will be very tough against Monaco, they're doing extremely
well at the moment, but we are very positive and if we beat them
we are through to the quarter-finals.
"After that, the final isn't that far away," he added.
Guardiola has won all seven previous last-16 ties with Barcelona
and Bayern Munich, but City's recent away form is mediocre at
best with just one victory in their last six games in Europe.
"We'd like to go through, but we cannot forget the team we are
going to play. Their attack is the best, by far," Guardiola said
after City defeated Middlesbrough 2-0 on Saturday to reach the FA
"It will be tough but we?ll try to play our game and try to be
one of the best eight teams in Europe."
Radamel Falcao, who scored twice at the Etihad Stadium, is set to
return to the starting line-up on Wednesday after coming off the
bench in Saturday's 2-1 win over Bordeaux that kept Monaco three
points clear at the top.
Eighteen-year-old starlet Kylian Mbappe has scored nine goals in
his last eight appearances, including the opener against
Bordeaux, and will have a key role to play if Monaco are to
continue their strong record in two-legged ties against English
teams, having won four out of five times.
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Jamie Vardy's goal in Spain ensured Leicester City remain firmly
in the hunt for a quarter-final berth despite a 2-1 first-leg
defeat at Sevilla.
The Foxes used a 10-day gap in the fixture list to hold a
training camp in Dubai ahead of Tuesday's return leg at the King
Craig Shakespeare has been named as the club's manager until the
end of the season, and Austrian left-back Christian Fuchs said
the trip to the Middle East was a welcome breather.
"It was an intense time over the last couple of weeks. It?s good
to come down and work a little on team spirit. When you win two
games, that?s the best medicine for team spirit," Fuchs told
Leicester's in-house TV channel, with the Premier League
champions coming off back-to-back 3-1 wins over Liverpool and
Fernando Torres is expected to return for Atletico Madrid for
their second leg at home to Bayer Leverkusen after a sickening
clash of heads in a 1-1 draw with Deportivo La Coruna 10 days
Diego Simeone's side, runners-up twice in the past three seasons,
hold a 4-2 advantage going into Wednesday's clash in Spain.
Captain Gabi and defender Filipe Luis are suspended for Atletico,
while Tayfun Korkut is the new man in charge for Leverkusen after
replacing Roger Schmidt last week.
Porto face a monumental challenge to overturn a 2-0 deficit away
to 2015 finalists Juventus.
The Italian giants are unbeaten at home since August 2015 and
extended their incredible 17-month winning league run in Serie A
as Paulo Dybala scored a controversial last-gasp penalty in a 2-1
victory over AC Milan last Friday.