Man City reach Champions League quarters despite loss to Basel

Lynette Rowe
March 11, 2018

City looked to have picked up where they left off after last month's 4-0 first-leg win over Basel as Jesus turned home Bernardo Silva's low cross.

However, Mohamed Elyounoussi exposed some slack City defending to smash in an equaliser for the Swiss champions nine minutes later before Michael Lang rocketed home a spectacular victor 19 minutes from time.

Manchester City lost only their fourth game of the season this week, and the player who claimed the Man of the Match award has now revealed what Pep Guardiola said to him after his inspired display.

The result meant City have still not won both legs of a knockout tie in the Champions League, but Guardiola took comfort from the obvious positive.

"I don't want to speak specifically about certain clubs, but there are lots of teams interested in Mohamed", Cifici told ESPN FC.

With the home side leading 5-1 on aggregate at the start of the second half, there was little to play for Basel other than pride. "We just passed for itself and when that happens, that is not football", he added. We are new in that position, so of course we are so happy for that.

"But after 1-1 in the second half, it didn't happen".

"In the second half, maybe him with Leroy, Foden was the only one who tried to be aggressive, tried to do something, to get the ball and move forward".

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The Spaniard said the tests are to determine if they will be available for Monday's English Premier League game at Stoke City.

It was Jesus' first start since the game at Crystal Palace in December, where he picked up the knee injury which had him visibly anxious in the immediate aftermath, fearing his season was over and his World Cup debut as Brazil's No 9 was in serious doubt.

Elyounoussi had another chance to make things slightly more interesting in terms of the competitiveness of the tie, but when through on goal for a second time he kicked the turf instead of the ball.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has been fined £20,000 and warned as to his future conduct after admitting to an FA charge of wearing a political message - constituting a breach of the FA's kit and advertising regulations.

It was siege mentality onwards with Tottenham the protagonist and Juve doing what they know how to do best, defend.

Four more wins will do the job for City and they can start at the bet365 Stadium against the 19th-placed Potters.

"They have showed that for months in all competitions".

"The draw has to go right".

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