Pep Guardiola has warned his Manchester City players that Champions League last-16 opponents Monaco are “killers”.
Leonardo Jardim’s side have scored 76 goals this season in the French top flight, more than any other side in Europe’s top five leagues.
With Falcao, Kylian Mbappe, Bernardo Silva and Valere Germain all in fine form, Jardim has assembled a top-class attacking unit capable of taking apart the very best defences in Europe and Guardiola is a huge fan.
“Like a spectator, it is so nice to see them,” he told reporters. “I am really impressed how good they are – physical, strong.
“The full-backs play like wingers, the wingers play like attacking midfielders. The two strikers are fighters and in the box – Falcao, Germain – they are killers.
“Both holding midfielders are intelligent, physically strong, they arrive to the box. Complete team.
“It is the most successful team in Europe in terms of scoring goals, so tough draw.
“Looking forward to playing against them, just compliments because they are a really good team.”
IT IS THE MOST SUCCESSFUL TEAM IN EUROPE IN TERMS OF SCORING GOALS
Vincent Kompany remains sidelined with a leg problem and is unavailable for the game with Monaco.
The City captain missed the weekend trip to Huddersfield and Guardiola has confirmed he won’t be back in action until the replay against the Terriers on February 28.
Meanwhile, Gael Clichy, who has been hampered by a back injury this week, is close to full fitness but remains a doubt for Tuesday’s game.
“He [Kompany] is not ready for tomorrow,” he said. “It will not be longer, hopefully. For the Huddersfield game he will be ready but not tomorrow.
“Clichy had a problem in the back, it is much better. I don’t know if he will be ready for tomorrow.”