Marcha 23, 2018

Guardiola offers odd explanation for shock Man City defeat

10 Marcha 2018, 01:47 | Gerardo Tarin

Ilkay Gundogan has said ominously that he believes Man City are only just getting started

Ilkay Gundogan has said ominously that he believes Man City are only just getting started

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola admitted his team were "really poor" in the second half against Basel as City were beaten 1-2 at Etihad but progressed to the Champions League quarterfinals through 5-2 aggregate. That being said, they are no match for Manchester City and even the most faithful Basel fan has given up on this game.

"Tomorrow we start again from zero", Guardiola said. Then, after a promising first few games in which he managed to quickly supplant Aguero, he broke his foot and was ruled out for three months.

It was City's 100th Champions League goal. But in football, anything can happen.

"We are still on a journey", the 27-year-old added.

Indeed, it was hard to draw too many conclusions from what was only City's fourth loss of the season in all competitions. Always there is time to learn and tomorrow is good test to learn how to handle a good moment.

"We will decide on the line-up tomorrow". Maybe tomorrow it's more important nothing happens but we don't concede, set pieces or counter attacks.

Leicester and Southampton are also long-term admirers of the player, who can play out wide or up front, as they look to bolster their attacking options for next season. Silva delivered an inch-perfect ball, through the legs of two defenders, for Jesus to tuck in at the back post. They all have to be ready.

The German was speaking ahead of City's Champions League second leg match with Basle
The German was speaking ahead of City's Champions League second leg match with Basle

Basel's media team retained hope of an unlikely comeback after Elyounoussi's goal.

Foden's future with Man City seems assured after Guardiola suggested at the end of last month that the club would offer him a new long-term contract when he turns 18 in May. The tie is pretty much over after City destroyed the Swiss side at their stadium and won by a 4-0 score without any trouble.

"I know everyone wants to anticipate the situations, when we will win the title".

"Now is time to think about the next challenge and about Wednesday's game". We can be very proud.

City's 4-0 away win meant the second leg was a formality, with Pep Guardiola resting several first-team players. However we do play Tottenham at Wembley in close proximity to the Champions League Quarter Finals. The best wager is the under 2.5 goals.

"When we face teams that are fighting to stay in the Premier League, you can not imagine how complicated it is". We are going to enjoy the game. Now we can say we won one title together but it's not good for us to compare with that team. Nobody thought we could lose against Basel and we lost against Basel.

Guardiola said: "It was important he played 90 minutes".

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