Pep Guardiola was “delighted” with Manchester City’s efficiency in Basel this night that places them “almost” within the Champions League quarter-final draw on 16 March.

City received Four-Zero at Basel that means it could take a miracle on the Etihad Stadium on 7 March for City to not attain the quarter-finals for simply the second time within the membership’s historical past. Now City can deal with their different matches in March, together with two video games towards Arsenal in 5 days and a Premier League tie with Chelsea on the Etihad Stadium on Four March.

“It’s an amazing result in the last-16 of this competition,” Guardiola stated. “The Champions League is 180 minutes, but we are almost there. I’m not saying it’s done, because in football anything can happen, but it’s an amazing result. I’m delighted, and now we prepare for Wigan.”

Guardiola stated that it was by no means his expectation, going into this match, that City would possibly kill off the tie within the first leg. “I wasn’t thinking of that, in my experience when you play eighth-finals [last-16], there is always the second game. The first step is to do better than last season [when City were eliminated at this stage by Monaco], then it’s about how we arrive.”

Now City can deal with their Premier League video games at Arsenal on 1 March and at house with Chelsea simply three days later instantly earlier than the Basel return recreation, figuring out that the league video games in March  might see them shut in on the title. “It’s so important,” Guardiola stated.

“We have to be focused but it’s Arsenal and Chelsea, and it’s so important to focus on them, and to take another step to the Premier League.”