Manchester City 1 - Basel 2


Pep Guardiola promised that his Manchester City side will not suffer another surprise Champions League defeat in their "scary" quarter-final tie to come.

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City won the first leg 4-0 and unsurprisingly their manager Pep Guardiola chose to leave key players on the bench with none of Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero or goalkeeper Ederson featuring in the game.

The pace dropped even more in the second half and City showed little urgency, seeming content to control possession without threatening in the final third. Just to pass to pass for itself is nothing.

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City went forward with the ball and lots of passes, and struck first with Gabriel Jesus after a lovely run from Leroy Sané and an assist from Bernardo Silva; Basel went forward on the counter whenever City lost the ball, and Mohamed Elyounoussi equalized after 17 minutes.

Asked ahead of tonight's return fixture at the Etihad if City were at the same level as La Liga leaders Barca, Guardiola said: "No". He fought but he needs rhythm. Claudio Bravo was handed a spot between the sticks, while Danilo and John Stones came into the back four.

"Of course the goal he scored will be good for his confidence".

Guardiola handed a second Champions League start to 17 year-old midfielder Phil Foden, who featured alongside veteran Yaya Toure, 17 years his senior.

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"The other ones just passed the ball".

Guardiola did not want to predict how far his team might be able to go in the competition. We are so happy for that.

"We have a certain pride", Basel coach Raphael Wicky said, "and against a team that plays every three days and is beating everyone, it's very special".

Finally, we won't try and airbrush last night's loss into the history books, but we'll keep it brief!

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