Manchester City defender Bacary Sagna believes that teammates Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sané will be able to lead the team to victory in the second leg of their Champions League tie with Monaco on Wednesday.
City travel to the south of France with a two-goal advantage, having come from behind twice to seal a thrilling 5-3 win at the Etihad last month, but know the quality of some of the individuals that they will face – having been linked with a summer move for a host of Monaco players in recent weeks.
Addressing the press in the build-up to the match, Sagna has praised the impacts that Sterling and Sané have had on the team during recent performances and tipped them to put their talent on display on the big stage when the two sides meet to fight for a place in the quarter-finals.
“I see them progressing and how important they are for the team. They have pace and skill and have great potential,” said Sagna.
Sagna was also seen praising emerging star Kylian Mbappé – one of the Monaco players linked with joining Pep Guardiola at City – and drew comparisons between the 18-year-old and compatriot Thierry Henry.
Mbappé has burst onto the scene this season with 16 goals in all competitions for Monaco (including one against City in the first leg) and could be given the chance to lead the line, with fellow striker Radamel Falcao poised to miss the game through injury.
Sagna labelled Mbappé a ‘very good’ player and also said “Now he [Mbappe] is being compared with Thierry Henry and he plays like him. He is young but if he continues to improve like this, he will play for the national team for sure.”