Man City suffers rare home defeat, reaches Champions League quarterfinals on aggregate

Man City suffers rare home defeat, reaches Champions League quarterfinals on aggregate

Man City suffers rare home defeat, reaches Champions League quarterfinals on aggregate

The return leg turned into a hard test for the fans gathered at "Etihad".

And yet, when club manager Josep "Pep" Guardiola and captain Vincent Kompany lifted the trophy for Manchester City on 25 February, after outplaying a listless Arsenal 3-0 at the Wembley Stadium, there was an unmistakable sense of occasion. Portal "WhoScored" for uncertain defensive set Zinchenko worst rating in the team - 5,9 points.

Swiss champions, Basel were determined to get something away from the night and responded with goals from the impressive Mohamed Elyounoussi and Michael Lang to earn a victory 1-2.

In his post-match press conference, Guardiola fumed about how his team "forgot to play" in their defeat, and said that what they produced wasn't football. "Fernandinho and Raheem Sterling are much better", Guardiola said.

The Scot said ahead of Monday's home clash with leaders Manchester City: 'The spirit among the players at the moment is very good and I think it shows, the way we try to play.

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. Passing the ball means to pass the ball to move the opponents to attack, but to pass for the sake of passing is nothing.

The Catalan has guided City to the top of the pile in the Premier League after a sensational start to the campaign when they went unbeaten until January.

"I understand after we see the second half the people that say the team is not ready to fight for everything", added Guardiola. "We just passed for itself and, when that happens, that is not football". "In the second half, maybe him with Leroy [Sané] he was the only one who was aggressive, who tried to do something with the ball and go forward". We created a lot of chances and we were good.

"Some of them are better".

"Any team that makes six changes may have problems but in the second-half, we thought we had finished the game. We will try and we will compete well".

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