UCL: Pep warns City players of ‘Killers’ Monaco after Barca mauling
Monaco have taken the French Ligue Un by storm this season and look set to cause a magnificent upset in breaking Paris St Germain’s stranglehold (the capital side are champions for the fourth consecutive year) on the French crown.
Key to Monaco’s brilliant run has been the resurrection of Falcao’s striking abilities, the Colombian has found the back of the net 21 times in 27 appearances and it is this goal prowess that gives Guardiola cause to be wary.
“At Atlético Madrid he did an amazing job,” Guardiola said. “After that, he was injured, unfortunately, and you need time to recover. I don’t know what happened with him here but there can be many reasons sometimes why it goes well or not. That is a question for Radamel Falcao. But the way Monaco play now is perfect for him. They attack inside and cross a lot – and he needs that. That’s why he’s back. I am happy for him, he is a good professional and a nice guy, and back at his level scoring goals.”
The Spaniard has warned his team to take note of Barca’s humbling at the hands of French opposition last week and tread with caution but he still insists that his former club remain the best in the world.
“For me, Barcelona remains the best team in the world,” Guardiola said.
“When that team is at their level, no one can compete but in 90 minutes anything can happen. In the Champions League, everyone can beat you and say bye-bye. The level, and pressure, is so high there has to be 100% focus. I don’t need a result like PSG-Barcelona to realise how good French football is and how physical they are.”