Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Manchester City ready for Champions League glory - Vincent Kompany

Manchester City ready for Champions League glory - Vincent Kompany

Manchester City last won the Premier League trophy in 2014.

Vincent Kompany has played down talk of a quadruple as Manchester City face FC Basel in the Champions League last 16 tonight, the Swiss side with previous for upsetting other illustrious visitors.

Barcelona and Real Madrid are usually the two favorites to win the UCL but City and Paris Saint-Germain - clubs backed by wealth from the oil-rich Middle East - look ready to usher in a new era. There were very little expectations in the group stage for them, but they rose to the occasion and then some with four wins to finish second place in a hard group. We started well, we created chances and managed to win balls but, as I said yesterday, we needed a ideal night. They know it. But the competition is special so I don't know.

Guardiola said: "It was an excellent result. We've made a great performance and we have to make it again at home to think about the quarterfinals". While they aren't unbeaten in the Premier League anymore, the Citizens still lead Manchester United by 16 points with only 11 games remaining in the season.

They are winning plenty of plaudits for their brilliant form, but Fernandinho said they must ignore the hype and focus on claiming silverware.

"If we are able to get to the quarterfinals then that is better than last season and that is the first step", Guardiola added.

Alderweireld, who is out of contract in the summer, played the full 90 minutes of Spurs against Newport in the FA Cup replay but has not played in the Premier League since the 1-0 defeat at Manchester United on 28 October.

"We know the definitive moments are coming on the next three or four months".

But we have two games for you today. "We have to show courage and try to be active". We are also going for a home win as our prediction. Probably that's our uniqueness.

"It's the Champions League and it's always tough - we didn't concede which was the most important thing after these goals".

Basel forward Dimitri Oberlin provided a couple of early scares but City soon took charge, powering ahead with three goals in the space of nine minutes from Ilkay Gundogan, Silva and the in-form Sergio Aguero.

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