Basel restore some pride with plucky win at Man City

Basel restore some pride with plucky win at Man City

Basel restore some pride with plucky win at Man City

Manchester City were dominant in their first leg of their Champions League tie against FC Basel and they will look to finish the job at home this week as the two teams face off once again.

Elyounoussi equalised for Raphael Wicky's men in the 17th minute after Gabriel Jesus opened the scoring, before he turned provider in the second half as Michael Lang netted the victor.

Mohamed Elyounoussi scored the equalizer in less than 10 minutes after Jesus' opener and Michael Lang scored in the second half to send Basel home with a remarkable win.

"Just to pass the ball for itself is nothing and the second half was really, really poor".

Midfielder Fernandinho has not featured since injuring his hamstring in City's 3-0 League Cup final victory over Arsenal last month while forward Sterling is also coming back from a similar problem and last played in the league in the 5-1 win over Leicester.

"We are in the quarter-finals, that is the good news, and after we will see how we will arrive in the quarter-finals".

"It's special for us to beat this team and we go out of the Champions League with a decent performance in a very hard situation", said Basel coach Raphael Wicky.

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The result ended a 36-game unbeaten run for City at the Etihad Stadium in all competitions and the Spaniard acknowledged that his team selection had impacted the outcome.

City were able to take control of the game in the opening stages of the second half, and the attacking verve which had been evident from the visitors in the early part of the game was now being stifled.

"You will find in all the clubs in the world", Guardiola said, "that when you make six changes, the team is not the same". In the second half we just passed the ball to pass the ball.

Pep Guardiola believes Manchester City's Champions League fortunes are dependent on how well his side performs in the Premier League.

"When the opportunity comes for me, I'll do my best and I'm sure that they'll support me". "If Firmino is doing well, I'm happy for him".

Not to be outdone, Bravo took it upon himself to show off his own talents: rushing out to onrushing balls with wild abandon, at one point the goalkeeper took on not one but two Basel players, dinking the ball over their heads to the great delight of the crowd.

Guardiola is still allowed to wear the ribbon before and after games and can even wear it on the touchline during Champions League matches, which he intends to do.

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