Manchester march ahead to the last 8 despite losing 2-1 to Basel

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola said his side “forgot to attack” against Basel as they endured their first home defeat since 2016 but still progressed to the Champions League last eight.

City’s 4-0 away win implied Wednesday’s second leg of the round of 16 tie was very nearly a custom, with Pep Guardiola resting a few first-team players.

They drove through Gabriel Jesus’ opener from Bernardo Silva’s cross – his first goal since November.

Be that as it may, Mohamed Elyounoussi lashed home a leveler and after that set up Michael Lang’s second-half winner.

The Premier League champions, who ruled the first half yet withered after the break, broke the Champions League record for passes finished in a match – 978 – despite losing. This was three days subsequent to breaking the league record with 902 against Chelsea.

However, Guardiola was not very inspired, saying: “Just to pass the ball for itself is nothing.

“The first half was quite good but in the second half we forgot to attack, we forgot to play. When we pass the ball we do it to move through the opponents to attack. The second half was really, really poor.

“It is not easy to play with a 4-0 lead. I think in the first half we showed we wanted to win the game. We created a lot of chances and we were good.

“But after 1-1 in the second half, it didn’t happen. We just passed for itself and when that happens, that is not football.”

It is just the second time City have marched ahead to the quarter-finals of the European Cup or Champions League. Juventus, Real Madrid and Liverpool are the other sides to have secured their last-eight spots this week.

Guardiola – who has won the Champions League twice with Barcelona but not since 2011 – isn’t stressed over a rehash of the performance in the following round.

“In the quarter-finals, this kind of situation is not going to happen – to play the second game 4-0 up, the rhythm will be completely different,” he said.

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