Early league triumph could hurt Manchester City's season - Gundogan

Pep Guardiola's Manchester City reached the quarterfinal of the Champions League despite suffering a shock defeat to Basel at the Etihad Stadium last night.

Phil Foden, the England U17 World Cup victor, broke two records as Manchester City progressed to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

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The 27-year-old is demonstrating the form that prompted Guardiola to make him his first signing at the Etihad Stadium and continues to impress in a more defensive role in the absence of Fernandinho.

It's Champions League night!

Man City quickly made the encounter a training practice less than 10 minutes in with Gabriel Jesus' goal. Either way, I am expecting Manchester City to play well and win this game. However, Guardiola had mixed feelings over his side's listless play and sterile possession.

"I hope that the politicians in prison can leave as soon as possible for their families", he said. "We are not where we want to be but we are happy with how it's going at the moment".

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola hailed Phil Foden as perhaps the only bright spot in their 2-1 home defeat by FC Basel in the Champions League last 16, second leg yesterday morning (Singapore time).

The Premier League leaders hadn't lost a home match in Europe in nearly two years but they were left chasing the game when Elyounoussi slipped through Lang who smashed in Basel's second from a tight angle on 71 minutes.

A flawless next three games - Stoke, Brighton and Everton - would provide City with the opportunity to mathematically secure the league title at home to Jose Mourinho's Manchester United side on April 7.

"Aguero is my teammate and I'll always cheer for him to score and help the club, " said Jesus.

It was siege mentality onwards with Tottenham the protagonist and Juve doing what they know how to do best, defend.

Jesus is of a similar opinion of Liverpool's Roberto Firmino when it comes to worldwide duty.

Even if the referee sucks or we lose the game, no swearing.

Another Brazilian with injury problems is the world's most expensive player, Neymar.

Neymar underwent surgery in Brazil last week to fix a broken bone in his foot just over three months from the tournament getting underway in Russian Federation.

53 - Harry Kane has been directly involved in 53 per cent of Tottenham's goals in this season's Champions League, scoring seven and assisting two of his side's 17.

  • Julie Sanders