Guardiola vows to stick with attacking strategy despite loss
difficult to explain. I saw the ball and went for it. I reacted quickly and everything went well for me,” Oblak told reporters.
“Two years ago I made my Champions League debut here due to Miguel’s bad luck and I have great memories of that night because it was when I started to play more.”
The goalkeeper took plaudits from teammates and rival players alike. Former Real Madrid great Iker Casillas took to Twitter to laud the Slovenian’s intervention, writing: “HERO. Triple save from Oblak to rescue Atletico.”
“Oblak is the best goalkeeper in the world, he demonstrates that in every game and he did it again today,” said Atletico striker Antoine Griezmann.
MANCHESTER City boss Pep Guardiola vowed his team will not abandon their attacking DNA despite crashing out of the Champions League on Wednesday.
City led Monaco 5-3 after the first leg of their last-16 tie but the French Ligue 1 side hit back to win 3-1 in the return match to reach the quarter-finals on away goals.
Guardiola also admitted that he may have struggled to communicate his wishes to his players at Stade Louis II, especially in the first half when City quickly slipped 2-0 down.
“My philosophy has always been the same, that of attacking. In the first half, I was not able to convince my players to play in a certain way, to motivate them, to show more personality. I knew how to do it after the break,” said Guardiola.
“But the important thing is al- ways to stay true to our DNA, to our style of play. We only did it in the second half.”
Te e n a g e p r o d i g y K y l i a n Mbappe and Brazilian midfielder Fabinho struck inside the opening half hour as Monaco wrested away control of the tie.
Leroy Sane pulled one back on 71 minutes as City regained the lead 6-5 on aggregate, but Tiemoue Bakayoko’s terrific header sent the Premier League side tumbling out of the competition.
“It’s how we were in the first 45 minutes, that is the only sad thing for me,” Guardiola told BT Sport after failing to reach the quarterfinals for the first time as a coach.
“You can play and the opponent can beat you but we were not there. At the right moment, you should be there but we were not.”
Despite their initial struggles City reemerged after the break looking far more threatening, but unlike in Manchester three weeks ago they failed to capitalise on their opportunities in the return clash.
“The way we played the first 45 minutes makes it so difficult, but we had the chances in the second half. We had the chances to score a lot of goals and we didn’t, that’s why we’re out,” said Guardiola.
“Normally we play all the time at a good level but at that moment (first half ) we didn’t. But it happens and we’ll learn. We have a team with not a lot of experience in these types of competitions.”
While City trail leaders Chelsea by 10 points in the Premier League, Guardiola is still hoping to land silverware in his first season in England with his side drawn against Arsenal in the last four of the FA Cup.
“I think we’ll improve, we’re going to try to improve. At this level sometimes you have to be lucky in the special moments in these competitions. We weren’t so that’s why we will prepare for the Premier League, the FA Cup and next season.”