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Champions League: Manchester city defeat made the “Basel”


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And practically draws in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

“Basel” (Switzerland) – Manchester City (England) – 0:4 (0:3)

Naked: Gundogan, 14 (0:1). Bernardo Silva, 18 (0:2). Aguero, 23 (0:3). Gundogan 53 (0:4).

“Basel”: Vaclík, Lang, Jack, Lacroix, Dry, Riveros, El Yunusi (Bois, 85), Fry, Die, Stocker (Yeti, 71), Oberlin.

“Manchester City“: Ederson, Walker, Company, Otamendi, Delph, Fernandinho, Gundogan, De Bruyne (Silva, 63), Bernardo Silva, Aguero (Daniel, 85), Stirling (Sana’a, 57).

Warnings: Xhaka, 38. Fernandinho, 59. Dieu, 89. Gundogan, 89.

Judge: Ericsson.

13 Feb. Basel. The stadium “St. Jakob Park”.

GUARDIOLA’S SEMI-FINAL HABIT

Someone has a tradition for the New year to go to the bath, someone- infinitely pancakes during the week once in a year. But Gvardioly have a habit to reach at least the semi-finals of the Champions League with every club that he had a chance to train (Barcelona, Bayern). This tradition was interrupted only once – last season, the first for the Spanish coach “Manchester city”, “citizens” was eliminated from the competition in the 1/8 finals, losing because of a smaller number of goals on a foreign field the main discovery of the tournament – “Monaco”. This time with similar problems, it seemed that the British don’t have to face the first opponent in the playoffs was a modest Basel.

SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP BASEL AND MANCHESTER

However, it was impossible to forget that the Swiss and the major port city of England ties long history of relations. However, it concerns, mainly, neighbors of “citizens” from “Manchester United”. In recent years, Basel twice managed to annoy the “red devils” – in the 2011/12 season won at home 2:1, played at old Trafford in 3:3 and reached the 1/8 finals of the Champions League, sending Manchester United to fight for the Europa League, and this year won the minimum victory on the home field (1:0), ruining the British statistics, and becoming the only club to take away points from them in the group stage.

FORTRESS HOME WALLS

Basel in the last eight years no one to give the title of the strongest team of Switzerland has long been a frequenter of the Champions League. To get out of the group he managed only twice: in the seasons 2011/12 and 2014/15 (was also participating in the second group stage in the season 2002/03, but there was a different tournament format). The first time the movement of the Swiss sternly stopped “Bavaria” (7:1 on aggregate), the second – “Port” (5:1).

But the common denominator in these two lost rounds of the playoffs was home invincibility Basel: Bayern he won at home 1:0, with the Portuguese played a draw 1:1. The current output in the 1/8 finals of the Champions League, third in the club’s history, nothing good Swiss team did not promise, but if that “Basel”, and could count to is the fortress of the house.

CONS OF WINTER BREAK

In addition to the difference in class between the two today’s opponents, on hand the bulls were playing the fact that the “Basel” completely out of place arose a winter break in the championship – the Swiss were not official matches (friendlies only) from 17 December to 4 February. And even the emotional state of the team is unimportant – the case of the current champion in his native League are not very current second place, 5 points behind “young boys”, 4 losses (2 times more than in the entire previous season). “Manchester city” is very different – no winter breaks and a strong lead in the EPL with 16 points from a handicap of second place.

DE BRUYNE IS THE BEST ASSISTANT

Strange but true, Europe is the player, which is superior to Messi and it is not Ronaldo. And even Neymar. De bruyne, the nerve center of Manchester city, over the past three seasons have given more assists in the home championship (41) than the Argentinian (34) and Brazilian (34). And since its debut in Bremen “the Werder” (season 2012/13), the Belgian is the main assistant of Europe (77), one transfer ahead of Messi.

ENGLISH RINK

With De bruyne started home nightmare “Basel” (0:4) – the first Swiss club in the 1/8 finals of the Champions League. On 14 minutes, the Belgian took a corner, Gundogan ahead of the defender drove the ball into the near top corner. Over the next 9 minutes the English scored twice, Silva and Aguero brought the score to large. The hosts got under a skating rink of “citizens” and could not understand how from under him to escape. Perseverance in attack, they were not to take, but more quality defenders repeatedly stopped their advance.

The second half, by and large, has turned into a formality, when Gundogan sumptuous strike scored twice – in less than 10 minutes after the teams return from the locker room.

Basel continued to Wade to the gate and disturb the Ederson to score, but the hosts failed – Swiss Bank was boldly robbed. Whether it comes Guardiola to the Champions League semi-final this time is still a big question, but the fact that “Basel” will fail for the third time to overcome the stage of the 1/8 finals, I think it’s already a fait accompli.

Yegor BYCHKOV, sport express

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