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Vincent Kompany: Manchester City's time has come

Vincent Kompany: Manchester City's time has come

"We did better this season than last season, we can not deny". He said last season that Messi "is on a table on his own" and De Bruyne could sit by the "table beside". But things have changed.

From the beginning, difficult, emotional, a little upset, angry but at the end, I enjoyed it a lot.In the second half we dominated, played football and we were capable of winning the game.

"It's one thing for us to make that statement, but for us to go out and do it, in previous years we have felt how hard it is", he said.

"Getting numbers back is crucial now because we have 11 important Premier League games to play, plus the League Cup final, the FA Cup and Champions League".

And David Silva's substitute appearance means he has now played more games in all competitions this season than any other player across the top five European leagues without suffering a single defeat (28 games).

He is a strong favorite to become England's player of the year for 2017-18 - only Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah is a genuine rival for the prize - but the Ballon d'Or is on another level.

It would require one of the most shocking turnarounds in Champions League history in the second leg for City to be denied a spot in only their second quarter-final in the competition.

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Basel's misery continued just after the break when Gundogan deftly added a fourth from outside the area and he could easily have finished with a hat-trick."To win 4-0 away in the last 16 is an awesome result, we are nearly in the quarter-finals, but I am not saying we are already there, out of respect for Basel", said Guardiola.

This could be City's year, too. This is the third time they have made the last 16 of the competition, and they've qualified for the group stage eight times since 1992.

However, ultimately City ploughed to the comfortable win they deserved. Its previous best run was to the semifinals in 2016.

In-form Aguero then found the bottom corner from distance in the 23rd minute as Basel simply folded in the early stages of the last-16 first leg in Switzerland. With De Bruyne in such scintillating form, City should not be troubled. The British 69% game time controlled the ball and made nearly four times more accurate transmission (754 vs 232).

That point about last season is a surprising one.

- This will be the first competitive meeting between the clubs.

"I'm surprised", he said on the German's return.


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