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Champions League factfile: Monaco need to know

FLYING HIGH: Monaco line-up ahead of their Champions League clash against Bayer Leverkusen

FLYING HIGH: Monaco line-up ahead of their Champions League clash against Bayer Leverkusen

Man City will play Monaco in the Champions League last 16. Here's the lowdown on the Ligue 1 side.

Stadium

Stade Louis II

Manager

Leonardo Jardim

Qualification results

Monaco finished top of Group E with 11 points, above second-placed Bayer Leverkusen (10), Tottenham (7) and CSKA Moscow (3).

They qualified for this season’s competition as the third-placed Ligue 1 team in in the 2015/16 campaign.

Champions League 2016/17 top scorer

Radamel Falcao, Thomas Lemar, Bernardo Silva (2)

Domestic league position

2nd

Season so far

Monaco are flying in Ligue 1 and currently sit second in what looks likely to be one of the tightest title races France has seen for some time.

They are just one point behind Nice and have scored a remarkable 53 league goals already - that's 21 more than any other side in the division and the highest in Europe at present. 

Key to their form has been the improvement on Radamel Falcao, who has bagged 12 in 14 games this season, including a hat-trick in the 4-0 win at Bordeaux on Saturday. 

Previous meetings

The two sides are yet to lock horns in any competition.

City links

City sold midfielder Rony Lopes to Monaco in 2015 – but the move has so far failed to work out, with the Portuguese youngster currently on loan at Lille.

Best European performance

Runners-up (2004)

The full draw...

Sevilla v Leicester

Real Madrid v Napoli

Benfica v Borussia Dortmund

Bayern Munich v Arsenal

Porto v Juventus

Bayer Leverkusen v Atletico Madrid

PSG v Barcelona

CITY v AS Monaco

The first legs will take place on February 14/15 and 21/22 with the second legs played on March 7/8 and 14/15.

Media Watch

Vardy encourages City to support Stones

BRIGHT FUTURE: Tosin Adarabioyo

Manchester City’s John Stones makes things happen for his team and that should be encouraged, according to Jamie Vardy.

The Leicester striker benefitted from some slack City defending during Saturday’s clash at the King Power Stadium but believes Stones should receive the support of those at City.

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Sun Jihai announces retirement

Former Man City defender Sun Jihai has announced his retirement from professional football.

Former Man City defender Sun Jihai has announced his retirement from professional football.

Media Watch

Guardiola reaction, plus Tosin predictions

BRIGHT FUTURE: Tosin Adarabioyo

Browsing through the morning's papers is a painful process following the defeat to Leicester, but there is a more uplifting interview with young defender Tosin Adarabioyo to be found, plus a spot of transfer speculation.

First to the Foxes game, and the digital tonne of reaction to City's defeat at the hands of the reigning Premier League champions.