Manchester City 1-2 Basel FC: Five talking points
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. The Blues had already buried the tie in the first leg, where they slammed four goals past a hapless Basel side.
The Swiss team pulled up its socks for the second leg of the tie and came into Manchester with all guns blazing. They played attacking football from the word go and despite being down by one goal in the first ten minutes, they did not stop swinging for the fences.
Manchester City's lackluster display on the day was partly understandable, considering the game was a dead rubber for the Premier League side. However, Guardiola made six changes to the team for this fixture, thereby bringing in players who had a point to prove in the game.
However, the inspired Basel unit proved to be too good for the insipid effort from the hosts on the day, which resulted in the Swiss side bowing out of the tournament with an honourable victory. Here are five talking points from the game:
#5 City lose unbeaten home record after 36 games
Guardiola and his men have raised the bar so high this season that even an occasional blip on their part these days comes as an absolute shock. Their loss to Basel yesterday ended an incredible streak that the Blues had managed to uphold at the Etihad Stadium.
They were unbeaten for 36 home games before this match and it looked impossible for any team to get close to them on their own turf.
However, Basel put in a tremendous attacking aswell as defensive performance to bring home the game at the end of it all.