Man City keen to book place in QF

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 Mar 2018 11:00:20



MANCHESTER City will look to finishing the job against Basel when they welcome the Swiss outfit to the Etihad Stadium for the second leg of their last-16 tie.Pep Guardiola’s side boast a strong lead from the first leg, having won 4-0 in Switzerland, meaning they have one foot in the quarter-finals of the competition.It will take a monumental effort for Basel to overcome the Premier League giants, who have exuded an air of invincibility at times during the season.

Man City have been boosted by the fact that Benjamin Mendy, Raheem Sterling and Fabian Delph have all returned to training.However, Fernandinho is likely to miss out as he continues to recover from a muscle injury and Leroy Sane could also sit the game out. Having already scooped his first piece of silverware as Man City boss after winning the Carabao Cup, Guardiola is on course to clinch a treble of trophies this season.

His team are 16 points clear at the top of the Premier League with nine games to go and they are almost into the quarter-finals of the Champions League after hitting four away goals in the first leg. The Catalan has not won Europe’s premier club competition since his 2011 triumph with Barcelona and, having failed to do so with Bayern Munich, he will be eager to address the deficit during his time in England.

With Sergio Aguero firing on all cylinders and the likes of Sterling and Mendy set to return, City have been given a timely boost and they will be keen to coast into the next stage in style.If Basel wish to upset that procession they must attempt to score at least five goals to begin with and, unfortunately for them, that appears highly unlikely
given that City have only lost three games all season, conceding one, two and four on those occasions.