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Roberto Mancini says former club Manchester City can win the Champions League

Roberto Mancini says former club Manchester City can win the Champions League

The Dutch legend did point towards Basel's win over Manchester United in the group stage earlier this season and stressed that they can pull off such a result against Pep Guardiola's men too. However fans are annoyed that the best part of the match seems to have gone unseen.

Just like they have every other team this season, Manchester City blew away Basel in the Champions League on Tuesday night with a 4-0 victory. The Brazilian has been in brilliant form since signing from Benfica in the summer.

City chief coach Pep Guardiola made only two changes to the line-up that routed Leicester City 5-1 last weekend in domestic play, adding veteran central defender Vincent Kompany - seeing his first Champions League action in almost two years - and Fabian Delph.

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They were relentless in attack and the scoreline reflected an imperious performance by Guardiola's side.

The Cityzens started brightly with Ilkay Gundogan getting the opening goal 14 minutes into the game while Bernardo Silva doubled the advantage for City in the 23rd minute.

Ahead of the latest round of Champions League matches - in a move that could be interpreted as a response to the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss' concerns - UEFA issued a directive urging referees to take "proper sanctions" against players committing serious foul play.

City's players looked focused on Monday as they trained ahead of trip to Basle on Tuesday
City's players looked focused on Monday as they trained ahead of trip to Basle on Tuesday

The Algerian global, who had a rather forgettable January transfer window, when he wanted to quit Leicester City, has emerged as one of the best midfielders in the Premier League this season.

City have now won more games this season in all competitions (34) than they did in the whole of last season (33).

"I had my experiences coaching in Germany and I have to say that in the winter break - maybe Raphael Wicky, the coach of Basel, knows it better - you lose your rhythm, you have a lack of rhythm", he said.

"We need a ideal night to stage a surprise but we have the belief we can do it", said Basel coach Raphael Wicky.

Guardiola said: "It was an excellent result".

He told BT Sport: "If we have this game at the Etihad and it's 3-2 or a 2-2 draw that won't give us a good feeling to go to the next round with".

Basel have averaged 39% possession in this season's Champions League, the lowest ratio among the 16 teams left in the competition.