Manchester City v Basel 1893 - Wed, 07 Mar 7:45 PM (GMT) -UEFA Champions League Round of 16 2nd leg

#1
Preview
A lot was made last season that Pep failed to take his team beyond the round of 16 for the first time ever and whilst this may have been newsworthy to some.

Pep has approached the Champions League this season with a determination that his method of coaching is to produce beautiful football, which to the delight of the City faithful, is arguably the best football seen in the Premier (although the detratctors will insist that City have not won anything yet, then when they did and with almost have one hand on the Premier Title, they then changed it to multiple back to back titles for the next 20 years, that last bit might be an exaggeration tongue in cheek thing)

The fact is that City go into this 2nd Leg with 4 away goals tucked into their shorts and in five days take on Stoke on a cold Monday night, so the 4 goals might just get us through as Pep will almost certainly look to rest some of his stars. However because we have 3 out and I am not sure that Pep will play more than one EDS, because Basel are no mugs and will look to recover some pride, but will they score 4 or 5 goals at the Etihad, you would hope not.

One thing for certain they wont do what a lot of teams do when they play us and that is to try and put up shop, there is no point in doing that, unless the mind set says it would be far better to lose 1-0 than have the Basel goalkeepers toch on the ball is to take it out of the back of the net.

City cannot afford to be complacent because we have some important matches to come, lets hope it is a good spectacle for the fans both home and away.

I have not picked Aguero because I think Jesus needs a game, but Kun Aguero needs his 200th and is in fine form just now.

FC Basel 1893 - This is Basel's third appearance in the UEFA Champions League round of 16. In 2011/12 they beat FC Bayern München 1-0 in the home first leg only to lose 7-0 away – their biggest defeat in UEFA competition.

Famous Fan - Roger Federer

Basel Team news
Last time out against City losing 0-4
Vaclik,Xhaka Lacroix Suchy Lang
Frei, Serey Dié, Riveros Galeano, Stocker
Elyounoussi, Oberlin
Substitutes
Zuffi, van Wolfswinkel, Salvi, Ajeti, Manzambi, Petretta, Bua

out
Taulant Xhaka serves a one-match ban in this second leg

Officials

Referee- Pavel Královec (CZE)

Assistant referees-

Roman Slyško (SVK)
Ivo Nadvornik (CZE)

Fourth official
Jirí Molácek (CZE)

Additional assistant referees
Petr Ardeleanu (CZE)
Karel Hrubes (CZE)

Predicted City XI

Ederson

Danilo, Stones, Laporte, Delph

Foden, Gundogan, Zinchenko, Bernardo, Jesus, Sane

Subs : - Bravo, Silva D, Diaz, Kompany, Walker, Toure, Aguero

Team News
Out:- Sterling, Mendy, Fernandinho.

• Danilo, Ilkay Gündogan and Fernandinho will incur a suspension with their next yellow cards.

Come on City!!!
 

kennyclementstache

Vital Football Legend
#2
Good preview - thanks - I know we are hardly known for our generosity in letting the opposition have the ball to play with, sorry, our ball to play with - but are we taking them on with only ten players? Also Ederson is on the berti in case he sustains an injury and can replace himself?

Maybe Sane up front and Bravo on the berti - or in the starting XI?

Good times...

 

Rising

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#4
A very good bit of news coming out of the club is that Benny Mendy is now back in training. This is sooner than expected.
:026:

 

Skoorb

Alert Team
#5
Great scene setter - thanks Buzz :026:

Looking forward to being able to watch this game with a pulse rate waaay below where it was on Sunday afternoon :-)
 

Skoorb

Alert Team
#7
Addendum on behalf of Buzz who is experiencing weather related internet problems -

Pep has announced that Mendy is back but whilst care will be needed with his return to competitive action there is a possibility of a cameo appearance on Wednesday evening
 

Rising

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#8
Skoorb - 6/3/2018 13:56

Addendum on behalf of Buzz who is experiencing weather related internet problems -

Pep has announced that Mendy is back but whilst care will be needed with his return to competitive action there is a possibility of a cameo appearance on Wednesday evening
As long as they don't risk him in the forthcoming cold, wet Monday night at Stoke.


 

Bluedub

Alert Team
#9
No Silva tonight, he's in Valencia. Delph didn't train yesterday either.

I have a feeling Mendy will make a cameo appearance in this one.
 

Hominid

Vital Squad Member
#10
I'm seeing some very strange 'predicted line-ups' from various articles. So many people seem to think that we're now going to field all our youngsters and 'second string' players. One pundit has a team which includes Zinch, Foden and Diaz, as well as Yaya!

Pep will do what he always does - play his strongest team, with changes at the end if we're winning.
 

Tudor

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#11
My predicted starting XI.

Not so weird, is it?

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Hominid

Vital Squad Member
#12
Hi Tudor - personally, I would worry with Yaya in the team from the off. Given what has been said by Pep and Gundogan recently about 'not taking our foot of the gas,' and 'no let-up', I think Kevin might well start.
 

Skoorb

Alert Team
#13
Pep will want this put to bed early if possible - he would not be like Klopp and be satisfied with 0-0 despite what that means about qualifying for the next round.

Start Jesus or give Sergio another go at getting his 200th goal from the get go??
 
#14
Hominid - 7/3/2018 11:38

Hi Tudor - personally, I would worry with Yaya in the team from the off. Given what has been said by Pep and Gundogan recently about 'not taking our foot of the gas,' and 'no let-up', I think Kevin might well start.
I would agree with you in normal circumstances, but we are 4 goals to the good and not chasing the game and Yaya is not a bad player at all. Sterling wont play imo, but the team Tudor has selected seems OK to me and gives a rest to some of the players in most need of it.
 
#15
A very difficult choice do you go in full blast with Stoke on Monday and then we get a rest for 2 weeks, or chance a weakened side and hope Basel don't have a wizz bang wonder night and dump us on are backsides
 

Tudor

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#16
Hominid - 7/3/2018 11:38

Hi Tudor - personally, I would worry with Yaya in the team from the off. Given what has been said by Pep and Gundogan recently about 'not taking our foot of the gas,' and 'no let-up', I think Kevin might well start.
It may well be Yaya's UCL swan-song as I don't think we'll be in the same position in the quarters or semis, if we get there, hence my decision to add him to the starting XI.

Anyhow, we'll know for certain in 2 hours time :026:
 

Hominid

Vital Squad Member
#17
Manchester City XI: Manchester City XI vs. FC Basel:

Bravo, Danilo, Stones, Laporte, Zinchenko, Gündogan, Yaya Touré (c), Bernardo, Foden, Sané, Jesus

Just posted on Citywatch.

So, I was totally incorrect - Yaya and Foden both start, and there is no Kevin!

Also, Bravo in goal. I really don't understand that one.