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Aymeric Laporte steadies ship with 8/10 showing for sluggish Man City

08 March 2018

What happens later - could be just that, or possibly nothing less than a victory for the home side. Defensively, winning duels, both are flawless and in some games I need that'.

"He is an extraordinary player", declared Guardiola.

Defeat was City's first at home since December 2016, when Chelsea won 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium.

As a result, Guardiola may even look to rest some of his players for the tie, with one eye on wrapping up the Premier League title.

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If you think that City will rack up the goals again as they did in the first leg, you can back over 3.5 goals at [2.2], with the unders at [1.8].

Gabriel Jesus scored his first goal since November and ended a 13-game dry spell for the opener before City gave Basel's Mohamed Elyounoussi all the time in the world to equal the score line. It is clear he has never really fitted into Guardiola's philosophy and the team has moved on, but his role in the vast majority of City's successes in recent years can not be forgotten.

"When we play Nico and Vincent it is because they are both fantastic in winning duels".

With Raheem Sterling out through injury, Man City fans believe the England global faces a battle to regain his place in the starting line-up, despite having a wonderful season himself.

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He added: "Adam [Lallana] needed a few minutes to get into the game but then it was really good and very important for him to play that long".

City dominated possession but the second-string looked flat and played at a slow one-paced tempo for the majority of the match.

Guardiola, 47, won 14 trophies in four seasons as a manager with Barcelona, including three league titles and two Champions League crowns.

In the first leg in Switzerland three weeks ago, Basel recorded their lowest percentage share of possession in any game this season - managing just 26%. We want to play in a really serious way and our way.

City's place in the last eight was never in doubt but they went through in subdued fashion and have still never won both legs of a Champions League knockout tie. While overturning the deficit they are faced with could be a task too far, an away win to earn back some pride will certainly be on the players' minds. We are going to enjoy the game. "We know we have to have a better performance to compete in those situations but we will try to be ready". "We feel we have respect for the brand of football we show, they respect us in Europe we feel".

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Silva told the City website : "It is a Champions League match, which is a very important competition for us". We expect this to be a tight contest, and we are going for under 2.5 goals as our prediction in this game.