Ilkay Gundogan plays down Manchester City comparisons with Europe's best
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 08, 2018,
Mar 08, 2018, 10:21
"We need to think that we can win, we always think in this way".
However, Guardiola was at least happy with the performance of Gabriel Jesus, who scored his first goal since November 18, while 17-year-old Phil Foden also became the youngest ever English player to appear in the knockout stages of the Champions League.
City have one foot in the Champions League quarter-finals, holding a 4-0 advantage before Wednesday's last-16 second leg at home to Basel. Having already scooped his first piece of silverware as Man City boss after winning the Carabao Cup, Guardiola is on course to clinch a treble of trophies this season.
Gabriel Jesus could start this clash for the home side as he completes his recovery, affording Sergio Aguero a rare breather. The likes of Leroy Sane and Bernardo Silva will also likely play, and with backup options such as those it is hard to see anything but another big win. Benjamin Mendy also remains out for the long-term.
The striker's game time has also been aided by injury to Jesus.
Most managerial press conferences - Mick McCarthy and Carlos Carvalhal aside - are exceptionally boring, bar the odd swipe at a fellow manager or when Chris Smalling gets called 'Mike.' However, Pep Guardiola is not like other managers.
71' - GOAL! Man City 1-2 Basel (5-2 on aggregate) - City haven't lost in almost two years in Europe, but now they're on the verge of surrendering that record as Basel edge in front on the night!
While Guardiola was not unduly concerned about the result, given the tie was virtually decided two weeks ago, he was disappointed with the way his side approached the second half. They dominated the last decade - 15-20 years with different managers, different players.
For Basel, central defender Eder Balenta is injured, while Taulant Xhaka is suspended. 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. "But I've had a lot of games since then to build my confidence back up", he said.
"It is not easy to play with a 4-0 lead".
A much changed City side still managed to put together a very nice performance, and both teams gave the fans a good show in a second leg that didn't mean that much.