Pep Guardiola fined by FA over 'political' yellow ribbon

Pep Guardiola fined by FA over 'political' yellow ribbon

Pep Guardiola fined by FA over 'political' yellow ribbon

By the end of Manchester City's 2-1 loss to Basel in the Champions League on Wednesday, the Brazil striker was breathing hard - understandably so since it was his first start after a seven-week absence because of a knee injury.

While the Catalan acknowledges the Blues are close to lifting the title, he is keen to stress it is not yet over, and says his players must keep fighting with the same intensity to maintain momentum in Europe. When we pass the ball we do it to move through the opponents to attack - just to pass the ball for itself is nothing and the second half was really really poor. He fought but he needs rhythm.

Guardiola said: "I prefer to play at weekends, when all the teams play, but Manchester United played last Monday against Crystal Palace and won". When you are out for a long time you need the rhythm to come back.

Leroy Sane was one of few regular starters retained in Guardiola's starting XI and continued his supreme form by creating the opener.

"The other ones just passed the ball".

Higuain struck from close range in the 64th minute and then created the victor, holding off three Tottenham players before feeding Dybala to net his first Champions League goal of the season.

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"It was hard to go behind after eight minutes, it can be very hard against a team like that". Nobody thought we could lose against Basel and we lost against Basel. We have to have an idea of another way to try to beat them'.

A 4-0 win in Switzerland in the first leg three weeks ago made qualification nearly a formality for a team that is 16 points clear in the Premier League and one of the favorites to win the Champions League.

It is only the second time in the club's history that they've reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League, having made the semi-finals in 2016.

He said: "The draw has to go right but, in terms of quality and momentum, this team is clearly for me one of the top two or three teams in the world".

"I think now he is going to understand... the comments were because he did not understand the reality".

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