Champions League: Manchester City's John Stones admits his team was not 'clinical' against Monaco

Dejected Manchester City defender John Stones admitted his team were not up to standard as they crashed out of the Champions League at the hands of Monaco in the last 16 on Wednesday.

AFP March 16, 2017 12:51:37 IST
Champions League: Manchester City's John Stones admits his team was not 'clinical' against Monaco

Monaco: Dejected Manchester City defender John Stones admitted his team were not up to standard as they crashed out of the Champions League at the hands of Monaco in the last 16 on Wednesday.

Leading 5-3 from the first leg, City were beaten 3-1 in the return to go out on away goals.

Champions League Manchester Citys John Stones admits his team was not clinical against Monaco

John Stone in action against Monaco in the last 16 of the Champions league. AFP

"We were very sloppy and not up to our standard in the first half," Stones told BT Sport.

"We wanted to create but we weren’t clinical enough in both boxes. We didn’t create enough and we weren’t defensively solid.

"I thought we should have scored more goals. It's very difficult for us to take. We are thoroughly disappointed, we should have done better and believed that we should be in the next round."

Stones lamented his team's defending which was particularly poor when Tiemoue Bakayoko headed in the crucial third goal from a free-kick after 77 minutes.

"The gaffer told us about set pieces. We saw Real Madrid score from two set pieces to go through the other week. But we weren't solid enough."

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