Champions League: Playoffs kicking off


He wants to quit Leicester City and his quality this season has just shown us why. Basel are a good team but when we compare these two teams, they are no match for Manchester City. "The physios and himself have made a good job".

It is a remarkable recovery from the Germany winger who has only had one training session with his team-mates. "He is young", the manager said.

City are favourites to beat a Basle side who shocked Manchester United with an 89th-minute victor here in a group game in November but have never progressed beyond the last 16 of this competition.

City's players looked focused on Monday as they trained ahead of trip to Basle on Tuesday
City's players looked focused on Monday as they trained ahead of trip to Basle on Tuesday

It seems like things have changed.

"If there is a year, a moment when the club is ready to feel at home, then it's now". But when asked if he's taking the number ten shirt next season, he had a laugh and ruled it out: "No, no, I'm going to continue with the 31".

"I wouldn't call it an inferiority complex but a lack of experience for sure", Kompany told a news conference.

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City is a -272 money line favorite, meaning you would have to wager $272 to win $100. "Yes, of course, it's inevitable". "But the way he's played, it's hard to find one (better) in Europe". "We have to believe, have the mentality that we can do it, but there is no real tactical plan behind it". Any team who has tried it over the last 10 years has failed.

"We could have been 2-0 down but then we were 0-2 up".

This term, Guardiola's side have lost just once in 27 Premier League games - but Kompany played down any thoughts of a possible quadruple of Champions League, FA Cup, Premier League and League Cup titles. The most prestigious stage for European club football kicks off from the round of sixteen, with exciting games already played on Tuesday night, with unbelievable results. "No, not all", he said.

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"Of course, we have a plan for tomorrow night, there is no tactical strategy, but we have the belief and the mentality that we can do it", said Wicky.

But title rivals United also have to face Chelsea and Liverpool, therefore City may not need to win six games if United don't keep a flawless record to keep pace.

27 games into the season, clubs in the Premier League are now clear about their goals for the end of the season.

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"We need a flawless game, we must show lots of courage, the fans have to be behind us. everything must come together". From game to game I've never experienced the focus and intensity and motivation throughout the team.