Swiss side Basel ended Manchester City’s 36-game unbeaten run at the Etihad Stadium with a 2-1 victory, even though the victory does not affect City’s qualification to the quarter-final stage of the tournament.
City’s boss Pep Guardiola who reacted after the loss was quoted by BBC Sport to say that his side “forgot to attack” against Basel as they suffered their first home defeat since 2016 but still reached the Champions League quarter-finals.
City recorded a first-leg 4-0 victory and it was obvious that the second leg was a mere formality, with Pep Guardiola resting several first-team players.
But Guardiola was not too impressed, saying: “Just to pass the ball for itself is nothing.
“The first half was quite good but in the second half we forgot to attack, we forgot to play. When we pass the ball we do it to move through the opponents to attack. The second half was really, really poor BBC Sport reported.
Despite the loss, City dominated the first half but wilted after the break, actually broke the Champions League record for passes completed in a game – 978. This feat was accomplished just three days after breaking the league landmark with 902 against Chelsea.
So far so good, City have never won the second-leg of a last-16 tie in the Champions League since their debut, they have lost 4 and drew 1.