FC Basel vs Manchester City: 5 Talking Points
We talk about the key points in a mesmerizing offensive display by Manchester City in Basel, in the round of 16.
SCORE : FC Basel 0-4 Manchester City
GOAL-SCORERS : Manchester City - Ilkay Gundogan 14', 53' Bernardo Silva 18' Sergio Aguero 23'
Manchester City were on song in Switzerland, as they disposed off the side from Basel. Pep Guardiola's side has hardly had a bad game all season, and the baffling form of the Manchester side continued.
They blazed their way through the opposition rear-guard, on three occasions, all in a matter of 9 minutes, towards the end of the first quarter. They added another, 8 minutes into the second half.
Ilkay Gundogan bookended the scoring as Sergio Aguero and Bernardo Silva managed to get on the score-sheet.
Let's take a look at what caught our eye.
#5 Pep's brand of football is undeniable, so is its success
Pep Guardiola has silenced snide reporters, over-eager fans and football pundits alike. The obsessive-compulsive nature of the former defensive-midfielder, makes him a tactical mastermind. The numbers never lie. And the numbers for the Spaniard, for all the sides he has managed, are staggering.
P 319 W 244 D 48 L 27
Lost only 27. All the while playing some scintillating football, scoring 825 goals and conceding around one-fourth that number. Those are the kind of numbers we like. The kind that don't need explaining.
In the 9 seasons he's been in-charge of a football club, he hasn't managed to win the league on only 2 occasions (2nd with Barcelona in 10/11 and 3rd with City last season).
The former Barca and Bayern manager has quashed all doubts of him succeeding with a side that 'aren't already filled with champions'. As a matter of fact, he has gone a step further and mentored the likes of Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane, who have seen a change in their footballing fortunes under the Champions' League winner (both as player and manager), and has also propelled Kevin de Bruyne to the pinnacle of world football.
The most attractive brand of football on the planet, with an even more attractive (as if it were possible) record, Guardiola is the star on the proverbial tree of football managers.
Don't we all look stupid now with our criticism of spending £50 million on a full back.