Claudio Bravo – Alert against Basel’s pacy attackers on edge of box, charging out three times to defuse dangerous situations. However there’s a reason why Pep Guardiola replaced him with Ederson – he was far too easily beaten at the near post for Michael Lang’s winner. 5
Danilo – Did not cover himself in glory for breakdown in defence that led to Mohamed Elyounoussi’s equaliser. Regained composure and made a couple of key interceptions down his flank. 6
John Stones – It should worry City fans that Stones has taken a major step back since last season – did little to calm down a defence that has had little time together when he should be taking the lead as the most experienced man. 5
Aymeric Laporte – A night to forget for the January signing. Out of position for the first goal and weakly attempts to stop Lang before the Switzerland international fired in Basel’s second. 4
Oleksandr Zinchenko – Plenty of potential, but has recently showed evidence of a reckless streak. Too many times he was caught on his heels in the opposition half and stumbled over his own feet trying to chase back. 4
Ilkay Gundogan – Not at his metronomic best and, in a criticism that could be levelled to the whole City team, did not look motivated by the ‘challenge’. Man who set record for most touches in Premier League game against Chelsea only had 63 in a possession-heavy game before being hooked in the 65th minute. 5
Yaya Toure – Has received very few minutes this year and it showed in defence, as he was slow to chase down in the build-up to Lang’s winner. To his credit, he kept City ticking over in possession at a 97.3 per cent pass success rate. 6
Phil Foden – Though it is easy to see why Pep Guardiola is taking it slowly with the prodigiously talented 17-year-old, showed enough deft touches and forward drive to highlight why he is so highly rated. 6
Bernardo Silva – When City looked like they would canter to victory in the first quarter-hour, Bernardo was at the heart of every move with his superb left foot. Faded, but is a genuine force at the Etihad after a slow start. 7
Gabriel Jesus – Plenty of energy without the finesse as he works his way back from injury. Simplest of finishes but for the rest of the night was frustrated by a Basel side that grew in confidence. 6
Leroy Sane – Knocked off his stride by a horror challenge a couple of months ago but on this evidence, he’s right back up to speed. Made three key passes, four dribbles, though like every City player had a so-so second half at best. 7
Brahim Diaz – It’s not just Phil Foden who is the future at the Etihad.The 18-year-old immediately resuscitated a flagging City after coming on for Gundogan, with one particular special dribble during which he beat four players. 7
Tosin Adarabioyo – Guardiola gave the 20-year-old defender the shortest of run-outs as he replaced Foden in the 88th minute. N/A
Manchester City had done the job in the first leg with a 4-0 demolition and this was a chance for Phil Foden to show what he could do against European opposition in Basel.
At 17 years and 283 days of age, Foden became the youngest player to appear for an English club in the Champions League knockout stages – and England fans certainly hope he evolves into the world-class midfielder that the national team so desperately craves.
It was not a winning night for the talented teen as City lost 2-1, though they breezed through to the quarter-finals 5-2 on aggregate.
Shots – 0
Passes – 84
Pass Accuracy – 91.7%
Key passes – 0
Dribbles – 5
Fouled – 1
Dispossessed – 3
30 SECOND REPORT
Foden was a bright spark in a midfield that lacked the intensity that a Champions League match would otherwise bring, with the tie already done and dusted.
The left-footed youngster looked to give his side a shot in the arm with darting runs and dribbles though he often found himself spirited out of dangerous positions as he lacked the power to exploit the gaps.
It is a game that will go down as a positive step in his education as he certainly was one of the better performers on the night.
Despite his tender years, Foden took on much of the possession as the link man between City’s midfield and front three – completing 84 amount of passes, putting the subbed Ilkay Gundogan in the shade (56). While it would be wrong to say he carved Basel open, there were a couple of raking balls to Bernardo Silva that particularly caught the eye.
On the whole, he certainly passes the eye test. The 17-year-old is comfortable in ultra-tight spaces. If he wasn’t English you’d think he’s graduated straight out of La Masia.
Foden is still learning the tactical side of the game and, operating predominately on the centre-left of midfield, did leave full-back Oleksandr Zinchenko exposed at times as City struggled to cope with Basel’s pacy forwards.
The England teenager is still a boy – and certainly looks it at times when he was unable to wriggle away from the attention of more muscular defenders. He was dispossessed three times as he ran into a few cul-de-sacs.
LINK-UP PLAY 8th min – Foden produces the deftest of touches to take a defender out of the game and play the ball into the path of Leroy Sane, who sweeps ball to Bernardo and then Gabriel Jesus does the rest to score the opener.
MISSED CHANCE 36th min – Balls breaks to him nicely at the edge of the box, and with no Basel jersey in sight, but his right foot only connects with fresh air. If his left foot’s a wand, his right needs work.
KEY PASS 42nd min – Foden shows exactly what he has in his repertoire, bisecting the left-hand side of Basel’s defence with a long pass that finds a haring Bernardo down the right.
VERDICT – 6/10
A player of tremendous potential but it is clear why Pep Guardiola has been hesitant to give him any more than seven first-team appearances so far this season.
He is technically one of the most proficient youngsters to have graced the English game in recent years – whisper it quietly but he is reminiscent of Jack Wilshere when he first broke through for Arsenal – and it is wise to be heedful of other players who have not lived up to the hype.
However he is clever, agile, a fine passer and most importantly is in safe hands.
All statistics are compiled using whoscored.com