Marcha 23, 2018

Man City 1-2 Basel — UEFA Champions League

10 Marcha 2018, 03:58 | Gerardo Tarin

Guardiola dismisses Barca comparisons

Football: Manchester City title runaway a surprise for Pep

The loss also ended City's 13-match unbeaten run at home in the UEFA Champions League.

Indeed, it was difficult to draw too many conclusions from what was only City's fourth loss of the season in all competitions.

An FA said earlier this week that Guardiola had "admitted an FA charge for wearing a political message, specifically a yellow ribbon, in breach of the FA's kit and advertising regulations".

Do you think this performance will have any ripple effect on City's current form?

However, as defeats often go, managers are not happy.

City, who are 16 points clear at the top of the Premier League, are just four wins away from securing the title.

Guardiola accepted the charge of 'wearing a political message' and a three man panel from the FA met to decide his punishment. The best example was two days ago.

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"It's just my personal feeling of an individual", he said. Not to be outdone, Pep Guardiola - resplendent in aforementioned yellow ribbon - saw his side taken for more a ride than they had been offered in Switzerland.

City have netted 83 goals this season in the Premier League, scoring every 3.49 shots on goal. "When it's scary to be (knocked) out, the rhythm will be completely different".

Guardiola started wearing it after October's independence referendum in Catalonia, arguing it is not "about politicians, it's about democracy". "Fernandinho and Raheem Sterling are much better", Guardiola said. Fabian Delph is [uncertain]. He endorses a brand of football that is the very spirit of the game - dynamic, beautiful, skillful and quick.

The first group of clubs have booked their place in the Champions League quarter-finals.

City completed 978 passes, the most recorded by a side in a Champions League match since such statistics began being recorded in 2003, but Guardiola was not impressed.

The statistics, provided by CIES Football Observatory and InStat only underline just how dominant City have been since August.

"If Mohamed Elyounoussi's equaliser came as a surprise to the Etihad, Michael Lang's winner sent shock-waves through the stadium". If you're going to play that way, against Manchester City, they're going to break them down at some point.

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