Guardiola critical of much-changed City despite making last eight

Guardiola critical of much-changed City despite making last eight

"We need nothing less than that for the next 90 minutes".

The Germany worldwide played an integral part with two goals as Manchester City carved out an imposing 4-0 first leg advantage over Basel in their Champions League last-16 tie.

Manchester City recently secured their first silverware of this season with an emphatic 3-0 mauling of Arsene Wenger's Arsenal at Wembley last week. We're nearly in the quarter-finals of the Champions League and nearly champions of the Premier League.

"I've talked to my team and said, 'Look, it's incredible Basel are still playing in Europe in the last 16 of the Champions League at the start of March".

He is now one of the first names on the team sheet for Slavisa Jokanovic and is doing his best to help the club back to the top flight. And, Guardiola asserted in his pre-match press conference that he will continue rotating his centre-backs.

Damian Willoughby, Senior Vice President of Partnerships at City Football Group, said: "We are delighted to announce this partnership with Barclays and welcome such a prestigious organisation to the City family".

City go into the second leg on the back of a 4-0 advantage from their first meeting in Switzerland on February 13.

Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan believes winning the Premier League title early might not be a good thing for the club's Champions League ambitions as any drop in intensity could derail their European campaign. Thankfully that injury wasn't as serious as the 20-year-old feared, particularly with the World Cup in the summer. There could still be a last minute call for Bravo to play if Guardiola decides to give Ederson a rest following some crunch fixtures.

The Premier League squad and its Swiss Super League opponent went into the half tied 1-1.

But there were no signs of rustiness against Basel as he blazed across the pitch, taking just eight minutes to open the scoring from Sane's cross for his third goal in the Champions League this season. The odds of [2.1] for a Manchester City win combined with under 3.5 goals, might be the best way to get some value from a home victory.

"I understand after we see the second half the people that say the team is not ready to fight for everything", added Guardiola. The opening 10 minutes in Turin in the first leg of their Champions League tie laid bare their worst frailties.

Fernandinho and Raheem Sterling could both make comebacks on Wednesday night, though it is likelier they will be fit to face Stoke on Monday.



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