Willy Caballero has admitted his small mistake helped Monaco take a half-time lead against Monaco last night.
Caballero was at fault for Monaco’s first goal as the visitors battled back from 1-0 down to go ahead 2-1 but his penalty save prevented them extending that advantage.
Sergio Aguero equalised soon after and although Monaco restored their lead when Falcao beat Caballero with a sublime chip, Man City roared back with three goals in the space of 11 minutes to win 5-3.
Caballero though admitted he had a mixed night in the Champions League clash.
He said: “I have to be honest when I make a save and when I make a mistake. I made a little bit of a mistake and they scored the first goal, so we finished the first half losing because they got the confidence they needed.
“But we solved this sort of mistake because the spirit and talent of this squad is fantastic.”
As for his penalty save, Caballero added: “I think I took a good decision. He tried to score that side and I made a good save from the penalty.”
The keeper feels City will need to defend better to finish off Monaco.
Caballero, who made two crucial saves from two-goal Radamel Falcao, including a penalty, admitted this is an area for concern ahead of the sides’ second meeting in Monaco next month.
The Argentinian, who now seems to have supplanted Claudio Bravo as City’s first-choice keeper, said: “If you win the first game you are in a good position, two goals is a good distance, but it is not enough because they have a good team with fantastic strikers.
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“We have to improve a lot in our defence and our way to defend if it is not going to be another crazy game – and we don’t want that and we don’t need it.”