Manchester City and AS Monaco play on Wednesday the second leg of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16, and this one can produce the same fireworks of the first match.
The game at the Etihad ended as one of the greatest in Champions League history, and even though Barcelona produced a magical match against PSG last week, City-Monaco was still a sensational game of football.
The second leg promises to be great fun, and here’s a few players who could impact the match.
While the Croatian goalkeeper is usually at the elite level, his error leading to goal triggered the City comeback and Sergio Agüero's confidence boost in the first leg. Now Subasic will need to keep all of City’s shots out after conceding five at the Etihad.
The young German winger has sprouted into one of the world’s best wingers in 2017, with three goals and two assists in his last five starts. While Monaco like to attack, they're very vulnerable on the counter, and Sané is the perfect player to exploit the French side's weaknesses.
Sané's lightning quick pace and skills on the ball are enough to make any defense shudder in fear, and he can score in the snap of a finger. Leroy will need to show more of his talent than ever before if City are to prevail.
After scoring twice against City, it is weird to say that Falcao should be disappointed leaving the Etihad without a hat-trick. However, he did miss a penalty, and the extra away goal would’ve been vital to Monaco's chances in the second leg.
But we have seen crazier things in this tournament than simply coming back from a two-goal deficit (ahem, Barça). Falcao has proved himself once against City, and don’t be surprised if he does it again.
When Agüero first rejoined the City lineup after Gabriel Jesus’ foot injury, he seemed to have little confidence until his first goal against Monaco. El Kun scored a brace in the first leg, and City might need him to do it again in the second leg.
After showing his firepower in City’s last few matches, Sergio is expected to do the same against a Monaco defense which is not at full strength. If he does, City will be in the quarterfinals, where Agüero can continue to demonstrate his scoring prowess at the highest level.