Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola heaped praises on his side after their 4-0 demolish of Swiss giant Basel before their home crowd in the first-leg of the round of 16 stage.
Pep who spoke on BT Sport was quoted by BBC Sport to say: “An excellent result. We are almost in the quarter-finals. Champions League is always 180 minutes and we will take the game seriously but it’s an excellent result.
“We are still in February and in the Premier League we are in an amazing position and we are almost in the quarter-finals, we are in one final (Carabao Cup) and on Monday we have the opportunity to reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.”
Guardiola was also quick to salute the outstanding performance of “extraordinary” Ilkay Gundogan who scored twice to give City an impressive win with Aguero and Bernado Silva also netting once each.
City are 90 per cent close to the quarterfinals as Basel will practically need a “Barcelona-like” miracle to overturn a 4-0 deficit when they come to Etihad Stadium in two weeks time.