BASEL, NNC – Basel understands they are not favored going against Manchester City in the last 16 of the Champions League.The Swiss team does not even know how to beat Man City.
According to Basel, Raphael Wicky, Manchester City’s performance is almost flawless. But, he will give his best at the first meeting at St.Jakob-Park, Basel, Wednesday (2/14/2018).
Basel needs good results in the first leg so as not to bear the heavy burden when they in turn visit Etihad Stadium next month.
Basel has defeated Manchester United, with the score of 1-0 in the group phase. However, they know they will face different challenges when meeting Pep Guardiola’s team.
"The quality of the players, and the coaches who practice the same football as in Barcelona and Bayern Munich, make them very strong," said Basel coach Raphael Wicky, as quoted by Sky Sports.
Wicky realizes it is impossible for Basel to surpass City in terms of possession of the ball. Therefore, he hopes his team can utilize the ball as efficiently as possible.
"We have to play perfectly, we have to show courage, Fans should be behind us, everything should go together," Wicky said.