Winning the Champions League would be Pep's 'biggest achievement' - Toure

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Goals from David Silva and Sergio Aguero gave Manchester City a deserved win over Middlesbrough and earned Pep Guardiola's side a place in the FA Cup semi-finals.

The hosts fluffed numerous chances in the game and were made to pay for their profligacy in front of their faithfuls at the Riverside stadium.

Pep Guardiola's side found the crucial second goal in the 67th minute when Aguero tucked home Sane's cross from close range.

Hart had added that, "If you're not going to win there is no point in fighting, especially someone as powerful as that".

Their clean sheet against Middlesbrough was a club record six in a row when playing away and they have only leaked five goals in their eight matches.

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Many will consider this a successful first season for the 46-year-old, with good progress in the FA Cup and Champions League and battling near the top of the Premier League table. We have done a good job in the past - especially in two competitions and we are doing quite well in the Premier League as well - but this week is so, so important.

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The Monaco striker went off with a hip injury during their 2-1 win over Bordeaux on Saturday.

Toure's Man City career appeared over when Guardiola took charge at the start of the season, but the experienced midfielder has recovered his starting role at the Etihad in recent months.

According to Don Balon, the Spanish tactician is a keen admirer of his compatriot, and believes that he can offer a different dynamic to the City attack off the bench if they are in need of a more direct approach in games.

Ominously for Middlesbrough, now languishing in the relegation zone after failing to win any of their last 10 Premier League games, all City's world-class players were involved, despite the fact they face Monaco in a decisive Champions League last 16 second leg on Wednesday. "It's the winning mentality because now we are playing well".

"We will explain at the end of the season about all the players". "We are so happy to be there".

"As a coach I can be proud of my players".

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