Elyounoussi reveals Guardiola praise as Arsenal reportedly join race for Basel star

  • Elyounoussi reveals Guardiola praise as Arsenal reportedly join race for Basel star

Elyounoussi reveals Guardiola praise as Arsenal reportedly join race for Basel star

Guardiola fielded a virtual reserve side at Etihad Stadium for the return match, and making six changes from its previous game disrupted the fluency of the team's passing and pressing game.

After taking an early lead through Brazil worldwide forward Gabriel Jesus, the Citizens allowed the visitors back into the game with Mohamed Elyounoussi equalising mid-way through the first half and Michael Lang netting a 71st-minute victor.

Basel: Tomas Vaclik 6, Marek Suchy 6, Fabian Frei 6, Leo Lacroix 6, Michael Lang 6, Geoffrey Serey Die 6, Luca Zuffi 6, Blas Riveros 7, Kevin Bua 6, Mohamed Elyounoussi 8, Dimitri Oberlin 6.

"I have bad experiences playing games on Mondays", said City boss Guardiola.

It was City's first home loss since a 3-1 defeat to Chelsea in December 2016.

"It's special for us to beat this team and we go out of the Champions League with a decent performance in a very hard situation", said Basel coach Raphael Wicky.

Juventus showing their doggedness fought back with both Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala inspiring a dramatic turnaround after the break.

Guardiola will take the opportunity of a blank Saturday to watch Manchester United v Liverpool, partly because United are among City's next opponents.

Guardiola added: "Sometimes in Barcelona, I remember when we played on Monday, a long time ago, always it was not good". Many of those passes lacked penetration, though. Basel, who made just a quarter of the passes their opponents did, still managed a slender victory over the English champions-elect. Guardiola's deposition pointed out that he had the ribbon covered before half-time and it only became visible accidentally during the second half.

"I reviewed the game and we did quite well, well enough to go through". Leroy Sane wrong-footed the Basel defence with a diagonal run to the edge of the area before finding Bernardo Silva on the right. It was his first goal in his last 14 appearances.

The 23-year-old has scored seven goals and laid on 13 assists in all competitions for Basel so far this season to earn himself a reputation as one of the best attacking players in Europe. You have to be at a very high level to reach the semi-finals which is what the competition demands of you.