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Basle boss Raphael Wicky: What I've told my players facing Man City

FC Basle boss Raphael Wicky admits they face a dead rubber tonight against Champions League opponents Manchester City.

The Swiss champions were thrashed 4-0 by the Premier League leaders when they met in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie last month.

Wicky said of City: "At the moment they're one of the best two teams in the world. I said that when the draw was made and they've confirmed that. They've maintained it and even improved their form.

"I've talked to my team and said, 'Look, it's incredible Basle are still playing in Europe in the last 16 of the Champions League at the start of March.

"We've worked hard to be here, we're in a very difficult position but we have to enjoy this game, give our all and forget the first leg.

"I could say, 'You have to believe' but it'd look a bit daft in front of the team. We have to set other targets. It starts 0-0 and we have to treat this as two halves and try to get something from the first half and see what happens."

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