Well, at the end of the day this was a dead rubber. Credit to Basel and their brilliant support, they could have rolled over at 1-0. Two BIG plusses out of this work out. Firstly Ederson, Otamendi, Kompany, Spanish Dave, The Prince, Fernandinho and Aguero earned themselves this full week of light training with the 4-0 in Switzerland. Secondly, a furious Pep knows who he can count on should any of the aforementioned fall. Ok many players gained valuable game time tonight but if we are to win the Premier League by double figures and reach the CL Final, then he will have to rotate his star players VERY carefully.
Oasis blasts out of the speakers at the Etihad at the final whistle and the lyrics are very appropriate: "You've got to roll with it".
I think most of the home fans will - they have just been beaten at home for the first time since December 2016 but they still go through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
Basel's supporters can go home happy too. They are currently bouncing up and down in tribute to their team, who have gone over to salute them. They are out but great work from the Swiss side's players and fans tonight.
978 - Manchester City completed 978 passes tonight; the most recorded by a side in a Champions League match since 2003-04 (when we have this data available from), three days after having the most in a Premier League game (902 v Chelsea). Robotic.
After this home defeat I don't see how Guardiola can carry on. Simply put he has to go; no wafting around like a stale fart after everyone has cleaned themselves up and washed their hands - like Wenger.
Pep’s summation covers everything. He is clearly disappointed as he wants to win every game but it is also more important for him for his team to play the right way and THAT is what really grinds his gears - “That is not football. Everything was slow and without rhythm.”
Certain people were only at 75% effort and it showed and overall he has been proved absolutely right about Yaya Toure. A magnificent servant for the club who has played an immense part in our development of the past several years but the contrast between how he plays (& slows the whole tempo down) and Fernandinho does could not have been starker. The difference may have been starker because Ferna is supported by KDB and Silva etc, but even so I think it is clear that that may have been Yaya’s European swan song. :009:
I look at it this way, we have lost 2 games in the Champions League, neither of which had that much importance, but it did show the frailties of players who were not match fit or those who were not on the same page as Pep.
We passed sideways and backwards almost all the night an exam[ple of when high up the field Zinchenko for some reason sent a 70 metre pass back to Bravo.
It goes to show, when you take out both playmakers Kevin and David and a leader at the back and put in two relative strangers and apart from Zinchenko, all the others defenders played against Wigan and they have not had enough time on the field to bond.
Yaya was ok in bursts, but the game was slow and frustrated Sane, whilst Foden was trying his best and then we had a cameo from Diaz, but the Commentator wanted to read more into this defeat which had 9 changes, but it was a chance for Pep to rest his star men and no harnm done in the end.
Anyone who thinks this defeat was the start of a City collapse is either a rag or a person who does not take into account a weakened side.
What we found out was you cannot do wholesale changes and still expect the scintillating football we have come to expect as normal