We forgot to play in the second half: Pep

Grant SmithMar 10, 2018

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.

Gabriel Jesus will also be hoping to start again after the Basel clash, during which he scored City's only goal, was his first full 90 game since returning to action from a knee injury last month.

Mohamed Elyounoussi equalized in the 17th, and wing back Michael Lang earned Basel its latest victory over a Premier League giant by smashing a rising shot inside the near post through goalkeeper Claudio Bravo's attempted save in the 71st.

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

With qualification all but secured from the first leg, Guardiola played many of his fringe players and it showed at times.

"But we are in a very good way and if we have to play one day against them, we want to be ready". Leroy Sane and Bernardo Silva both looked risky in the wide areas but, with FC Basel's back line retreating deeper and deeper into their half, neither maestro could real command much of a mastery on the game. We are so happy for that.

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 Wednesday's outcome. "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".

"That's why I insisted to start well and we did well in the first half".

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.

Elyounoussi had another chance to make things slightly more interesting in terms of the competitiveness of the tie, but when through on goal for a second time he kicked the turf instead of the ball.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has been fined £20,000 and warned about his future conduct by the Football Association for wearing a yellow ribbon in support of imprisoned pro-independence Catalan politicians. 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. Silva delivered an inch-perfect ball, through the legs of two defenders, for Jesus to tuck in at the back post.

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