Man City’s Guardiola: “In second half we forgot to attack”

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Pep Guardiola is a little bothered by Manchester City’s second leg loss to Basel, as inconsequential as it should stand in the great scheme of things.

City lost its first home match since 2016 on Wednesday but still advanced to the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals with a 5-2 aggregate win over Basel.

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And while the hosts did have a stylish goal from Leroy Sane to Bernardo Silva to Gabriel JesusWatch that here — Guardiola says there was an absence of intention from his men for most of the match. From the BBC:

“The first half was quite good but in the second half we forgot to attack, we forgot to play. When we pass the ball we do it to move through the opponents to attack – just to pass the ball for itself (like we did) is nothing and the second half was really, really poor.

“It is not easy to play with a 4-0 lead. We tried, we spoke about that and I think what we showed in the first half we showed we wanted to win the game. We created a lot of chances and we were good. But after 1-1 in the second half, it didn’t happen. We just passed for itself and when that happens, that is not football.”

City heads to Stoke City next. The draw for the UCL quarters is March 16, and the legs will be played April 3-4 and 10-11.