Pep: We forgot to attack, to play

"I think this was a chance that we didn't want to lose, and we made it".

Even with the poor performance of the side, and poor result, there were some positives from the game. And when the gaffer in question is Pep Guardiola and the defeat in question ends a 15-month long unbeaten streak at home, surely some sore words are evident. Just to pass to pass for itself is nothing.

But you simply cannot overlook Guardiola's influence on those players.

Another rout seemed in store despite the absence of key Manchester City stars, but the game took an unexpected turn when Basel scored in the 17th minute.

City thrashed the Potters 7-2 when they met earlier in the campaign but Guardiola is not thrilled about the prospect of a trip to the bet365 Stadium on a Monday night. The England striker Raheem Sterling is blossoming under Guardiola, and City have mastered the Guardiola way of mesmerizing, devastating football.

He added: "We have training sessions to decide before the game".

However, Monday nights have not gone well for City.

Stoke have kept a clean sheet in three of their last seven Premier League games against City, but have conceded 19 goals across the other four games in that time, including seven in the reverse fixture in October. Or should we say this 'bunch of individuals', for that is how they played.

"Tonight, we forgot to attack in the second half".

His side reached the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals with a 5-2 aggregate victory over the Swiss club.

There is a sense of inevitability around Guardiola and that comes with the fact that all the teams he has managed turn out to be supremely dominant.

What next for PSG, though?

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But while the PSG project is built around a star player, City's is built around their star coach.

German winger Leroy Sane danced through the Basel defence and set up Bernardo Silva whose low cross was tapped in by the Brazilian forward for his first goal since November.

"What happens in the (Champions League) quarter-finals depends on our level in the Premier League", he said.

"We forgot to attack, we forgot to play, we passed the ball for the sake of passing the ball".

Will City bounce back? Nobody thought we could lose against Basel and we lost against Basel.

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