When are the Champions League and Europa League quarter-final draws?

Ross Houston
March 10, 2018

A 4-0 win in Switzerland in the first leg three weeks ago made qualification nearly a formality for a team that is 16 points clear in the Premier League and one of the favourites to win the Champions League.

Leroy Sane cut through the Basel defence with a trademark run and Bernardo Silva played a low cross through the legs of two defenders to present Jesus with a simple tap-in at the far post. "The second half was really, really poor".

City were already 4-0 up in the tie and prevailed comfortably anyway, but the loss, only their fourth of the season in all competitions, was still unexpected.

The German was speaking ahead of City's Champions League second leg match with Basle
The German was speaking ahead of City's Champions League second leg match with Basle

"I hope that the politicians in prison can leave as soon as possible for their families", he said. "Even the first half was quite good, in the second half we forgot to attack, we forgot to play". "Obviously we want to win it and, if we do, when that happens is not really in our hands". But in football, anything can happen.

"I do not rule out managing in 10 years' time, everything will depend on how I feel and whether they love me".

It is only the second time in the club's history that they've reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League, having made the semi-finals in 2016.

While Guardiola was not unduly concerned about the result, given the tie was virtually decided two weeks ago, he was disappointed with the way his side approached the second half. With four wins from six, 11 goals scored and just five conceded, Basel looked to be a strong side heading into the round of 16, and they are by no means a bad team at all.

The 27-year-old is demonstrating the form that prompted Guardiola to make him his first signing at the Etihad Stadium and continues to impress in a more defensive role in the absence of Fernandinho.

"We are happy to be in the quarterfinals, we are so happy for that", City manager Pep Guardiola told reporters after the match.

"The other ones just passed the ball".

While the Catalan acknowledges the Blues are close to lifting the title, he is keen to stress it is not yet over, and says his players must keep fighting with the same intensity to maintain momentum in Europe. Now sixteen points of United, and with them still to play, there is a good chance City could take that record. We will try to be ready and to come back because we did it in the recent games'.

City completed 978 passes, the most recorded by a side in a Champions League match since passing statistics started to be compiled in 2003.

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