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Guardiola dismisses Man City contract extension claims

10 March 2018

Man City have sealed their spot in the Champions League quarter-finals with a 5-2 aggregate score, despite losing 2-1 to Basel in the second leg.

Guardiola's side visit struggling Stoke City on Monday as they seek to mount an immediate response to Wednesday's surprise, albeit inconsequential, Champions League loss to Basel.

Jesus worked hard but he was understandably rusty, the ball sometimes not sticking when it was played into him. "The second half was really, really, poor", he said.

While he has also added: "I hope that the politicians in prison can leave as soon as possible for their families, if it can happen to them then it can happen to us".

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Manchester City blew away the Swiss side in the first leg of this tie hammering 4 past a sorry looking Basel team.

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"It's nothing to do with Wigan - the reason we lost there was that for 50 minutes it was 10 v 11 and we were not precise enough to find a goal", Guardiola said.

Gabriel Jesus slotting home after just eight minutes giving the hosts a 5-0 aggregate lead.

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Runaway Premier League leaders City were content to play their trademark possession football but without any real threat in attack.

City's last home defeat came in December, 2016 against Chelsea.

However, Mohamed Elyounoussi exposed some slack defending to smash in an equaliser for the visitors nine minutes later before Michael Lang rocketed home a spectacular victor past Claudio Bravo 19 minutes from time.

Gundogan accepts City have improved significantly in Guardiola's second season in charge but said they need results against Europe's elite in the latter stages to measure their progress. When you are in the quarter-finals, at that level, all the teams will be so tough and demanding. We will see the draw.

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"I don't want to speak specifically about certain clubs, but there are lots of teams interested in Mohamed", Cifici told ESPN FC. The Spaniard was animated for much of the evening, barking orders at his team and the home supporters showed their displeasure as they JEERED their players as the game grew to a close.

Guardiola dismisses Man City contract extension claims