Published: Sun, March 11, 2018
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Zinchenko reflects on Champions League progression

Zinchenko reflects on Champions League progression

This defeat against Basel also continues a unwanted streak as City have never won the second leg of a last-16 Champions League tie. The return leg turned into a hard test for the fans gathered at "Etihad".

City initially lead through Gabriel Jesus before Raphael Wicky's men completed an impressive turnaround, and though Guardiola wasn't pleased with his side's performance, he was nonetheless impressed with Elyounoussi - who is attracting attention. Portal "WhoScored" for uncertain defensive set Zinchenko worst rating in the team - 5,9 points.

Despite losing for just the fourth time all season, the runaway Premier League leaders still cruised through 5-2 on aggregate after doing the hard work in Switzerland three weeks ago.

"From tomorrow, we will be happy to qualify for the quarter-finals for the second time for this club", he started. In the second half, with Leroy (Sane), he was the only one who tried to be aggressive and tried to do something. We have to pass the ball to attack, not pass to pass.

Manchester City's manager says that he would much prefer to face Stoke City this weekend, rather than having to wait until all of the other Premier League sides have played their latest round of matches.

"But after 1-1 in the second half, it didn't happen".

"Even the first half was quite good, but the second half we forgot to attack, we forgot to play". I think there's a really good spirit there that they want to climb the table, and overall we've only been beaten once in six.

"It's not the best game for us but the most important thing is that we go through [to the quarter finals]", Zinchenko explained following the match.

"They are perhaps the best team in the world". For starters, City are not just cantering towards their third league title in the Premier League era, they're doing so while playing a frictionless, aesthetically pleasing style of football that is reminiscent of Guardiola's all-conquering Barcelona team (2008-12). "We will try and we will compete well".

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