Man City ease through despite rare home loss to Basel

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola hailed Phil Foden as perhaps the only bright spot in their 2-1 home defeat by FC Basel in the Champions League last 16, second leg yesterday morning (Singapore time).

Manchester City lost 2-1 to Basle on Wednesday night, but still qualified for the last eight of the Champions League.

Despite the defeat, the runaway Premier League leaders advanced to the quarter-final stage of the competition with a 5-1 aggregate score.

The Swiss side have the lowest ratio among the teams left in the Champions League this season and it showed once again as City were allowed to dominate the ball despite Basel needing an attacking onslaught to even salvage dignity.

Gabriel Jesus gave the home side an early advantage, yet this was cancelled out by goals to Mohamed Elyounoussi and Michael Lang. City will still progress to the quarter-finals 5-2 on aggregate.

Speaking on Tuesday, Guardiola said: "I accept the decision because I have to do but that doesn't mean I agree or not, or they are right or not". Guardiola's deposition pointed out that he had the ribbon covered before half-time and it only became visible accidentally during the second half. We still feel we are not there where we want to be, but we are quite happy at the moment.

"We forgot to attack, we forgot to play, we passed the ball for the sake of passing the ball", said Guardiola.

"It's not easy to play when the first leg was 0-4".

In a game they dominated, Tottenham started on the front foot, pressing Juventus all over the pitch and drew first blood in the third minute through Son. They greeted the Champions League anthem by setting off several flares and they never allowed their noise levels to drop - chanting, clapping and bouncing throughout.

Looking to play on the counter, Basel registered just 22% possession at the Etihad and completed 78% of their passes. Now we can say we won one title together but it's not good for us to compare with that team. However, Guardiola made six changes to the team for this fixture, thereby bringing in players who had a point to prove in the game.

"It was hard to go behind after eight minutes, it can be very hard against a team like that".

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