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Above Pep Guardiola speaking to the press ahead of the clash with Basel

Pep Guardiola insists his Manchester City side need to remain focused ahead of Basel second-leg

Pep Guardiola will be without four first-team players as Manchester City prepare to host FC Basel in the Round of 16 second leg tie at the Etihad on Wednesday.

Jesus was starting for the first time since suffering a knee injury on New Year's Eve and the goal was his first since November. Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.

"But in the second half we forgot to attack, we forgot to play, to pass the ball."
"We are new in that position, so of course we are so happy for that".

Prior to the game, Guardiola stated that injured duo Fernandinho and Raheem Sterling could be in contention for that trip to the Potters on Monday night but would likely miss the Basel tie.

Guardiola fielded a virtual reserve side at Etihad Stadium for the return match, and making six changes from its previous game disrupted the fluency of the team's passing and pressing game.

An excellent footwork work from Elyounoussi saw Michael Lang blast past Claudio Bravo at the near post to give the visitors the lead.

The home side's supporters were becoming restless as the match headed for its final 25 minutes with City not too interested in searching for a second goal.

City managed one major victory 22 days ago at St Jakob-Park, winning 4-0 with two goals from passmaster Ilkay Gundogan, the Xavi of Gelsenkirchen, and one apiece from Bernardo Silva and Sergio Aguero.

"I know anything can happen but I'm sure that the more you play, the quicker that fear is going to go away".

Tottenham now stand at a crossroads. The first time came in the 2015/16 season where they reached the semi-finals. We tried, we spoke about that. Many of those passes lacked penetration, though.

Basel looked set for another torrid evening when Gabriel Jesus extended the hosts' aggregate advantage to 5-0 after eight minutes.

"It doesn't matter how the first leg was, even with that result", said Gundogan.

Elyounoussi played in Lang and, with the home defence sleeping, the right-back fired into the top corner of Bravo's net to put City's unbeaten home run under serious threat. Midway through the half, 17-year-old Foden was joined on the pitch by 18-year-old Brahim Diaz as Guardiola continued to mix it up despite City's fragmented display. "I am very proud and happy with the team, in difficult circumstances they produced a really good performance", he told reporters.

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