Jurgen Klopp: 'No special pressure against Manchester City'

AS Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim stated the Ligue 1 leaders "deserved" their victory over Manchester City and their place in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.

The situation contrasts with the 46-year-old's trophy laden reigns at Barca and Bayern Munich, where he pulled the Bavarian giant clear in what had been a tightly contested rivalry with Klopp's Dortmund.

"It was an outstanding combination".

City did start the better team in the second half and maybe should have had more than just a goal to show for it.

"Coming here, it's the most hard league in the world", he said, per Whaling.

Kompany, who arrived at City from Hamburg prior to Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al Nahyan's takeover in 2008, faces an uncertain future at the club alongside the likes of Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure and Joe Hart, the England goalkeeper now on loan at Torino.

"In other countries it is hard".

"You can't compare one with the other. Everything is legal, the culture is different".

"I am not in doubt about his qualities. I knew that", he said.

"The first thing, as I've said many times, is to be fit enough to make the training sessions and for the last two weeks he has been there". "You have to be active and to be active you need to be fearless".

City barely set foot in Monaco's half and in the 29th minute, Fabinho fired home from Benjamin Mendy's inchperfect centre.

"After that, we created some chances to score and we did score but unfortunately, Monaco scored again to put us out of the Champions League".

"But look, City won that first game with a dose of luck, and today we deserved to win".

And Klopp appeared to agree with the Special One ahead of Liverpool's crunch clash with Manchester City on Sunday, by suggesting Pep Guardiola's expensively assembled team plays "real football". "I love this club and want to be here for a long, long time".

They are unbeaten in the nine league games they have played to date against the other teams in the top six and have emerged victorious on five occasions. But they can learn, that's all you can do.

"But two spectacular games".

Klopp knows how tight the margins are in the race for Champions League qualification and he admits he will not be satisfied if he and his players leave with a point. I am really looking forward to this, it's a real tactical challenge.

"But which mood are [City in] now?"

"He has played almost the whole season so far so if he has one week with more treatment than training and another week with light training for him, then yes, he would be completely okay".

  • Loretta Pittman