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Manchester City v Basel: Champions League last 16 – live!

7.04pm GMT

Some stats here from Opta, just to add the SUSPENSE of this evening:

• No team has ever progressed to the next round following a 0-4 home defeat in the first leg of a Champions League knockout tie.

6.57pm GMT

Manchester City: Bravo; Danilo, Stones, Laporte, Zinchenko; Gündogan, Yaya Touré (c), Bernardo Silva, Foden, Sané, Gabriel Jesus
Subs: Ederson, Walker, Agüero, De Bruyne, Adarabioyo, Otamendi, Diaz


Our starting XI for tonight’s game against @ManCity!

Bench: Salvi, Petretta, Kaiser, Stocker, Manzambi, Ajeti, Van Wolfswinkel. #FCBasel1893 #MCFCFCB #cityvfcb #UCL #zämmestark

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Manchester City are not at Barcelona’s level yet, says Pep Guardiola

• ‘They dominated for 20 years with different managers and players’
• City coach to stop wearing yellow ribbon after accepting FA charge

Pep Guardiola believes Manchester City are inferior to Barcelona, saying his team have to dominate for at least a decade to be considered at their level.

City host Basel in Wednesday’s Champions League last-16 second leg holding a 4-0 advantage. Yet despite being virtually through to the quarter-finals and impressing throughout the competition Guardiola is adamant they remain below the quality of Barça, five-times winners of the competition.

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Manchester City’s Leroy Sané set to return ahead of schedule

• Winger could start against Basel in Champions League last 16
• Vincent Kompany says City must win competition to join elite

Leroy Sané is fit to start for Manchester City against Basel more than five weeks earlier than expected, with Pep Guardiola admitting surprise at the German’s recovery from ankle ligament damage.

City play Switzerland’s second‑place side in the Champions League last-16 first leg at St Jakob-Park on Tuesday night. Sané is available after training with the squad on Monday for the first time since hurting his ankle against Cardiff City on 28 January. The prognosis then was that Sané could miss at least 11 matches, meaning the 22-year-old could not return until the end of March.

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