Sagna: City players didn’t pitch up at Monaco

Manchester City defender Bacary Sagna lamented the team's poor first-half display after the 3-1 Champions League defeat to Monaco on Wednesday night.

The Premier League outfit were outplayed in the first 45 minutes and were down 2-0 at half-time. They recovered somewhat as Leroy Sane pulled one back, but it was not enough as Tiemoue Bakayoko put the final nail in their coffin with a powerful header.

The 3-1 result in France saw Monaco progress into the quarter-finals on away goals, with a 6-6 aggregate scoreline.

Sagna admitted that City failed to perform and now wants the players to bounce back quickly for the crunch Liverpool clash on Sunday.

"It is a massive disappointment. We forgot to play in the first half, we forgot to fight as a team, defend as a team and press as a team. We gave them too much respect and against these kind of players, we put ourselves in danger," he said, according to ESPN FC.

"We have to congratulate them. They are through, we are out, and we have to recover because on Sunday we have an important game.

"I expect a reaction from the team. I expect more desire, to show more passion. We did show passion in the second half but it is not enough.

"We have to recover because it was quite a difficult game and then we have to think about Liverpool."

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