Guardiola able to look ahead

14 February 2018 04:59:08 EST

Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola believes his side are almost through to the Champions League quarter-finals after a stunning 4-0 win away to FC Basel.

The Citizens hold a seemingly impregnable lead in their last-16 tie after two goals from Ilkay Gundogan and one apiece from Sergio Aguero and Bernardo Silva gave them a huge four-goal cushion for the home return leg.

We are almost in the quarter-finals.

Pep Guardiola

And, while Guardiola is taking nothing for granted, he is well aware that his players have almost completed the job of progressing with 90 minutes.

He told BT Sport: "We are almost in the quarter-finals. Champions League is always 180 minutes and we will take the game seriously, but it's an excellent result.

"We are still in February and in the Premier League we are in an amazing position and we are almost in the (Champions League) quarter-finals, we are in one final (EFL Cup) and on Monday we have the opportunity to reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup."

The Spaniard added on the club's official website: "If we are able to go to the quarter-finals, that is better than last season. It's not easy to keep the level we have been playing at, but we did it.

"But nothing is won yet. Like we said in the beginning, game by game. We try to arrive focused and win the games."

Ahead of the return leg against Basel, City have an FA Cup tie at Wigan Athletic, a League Cup final against Arsenal and league clashes with the Gunners and Chelsea to try and take care of.

The Citizens are 12121/1 to win the Champions League this season, 1212/1 to lift the FA Cup and 4/11 to secure the League Cup.

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