Manchester City had their long unbeaten streak at home snapped in a 1-2 loss to FC Basel here, but the result was essentially meaningless as the English Premier League (EPL) leaders comfortably advanced to the Champions League quarter-finals with a 5-2 victory on aggregate.
After taking an early lead through Brazil worldwide forward Gabriel Jesus, the Citizens allowed the visitors back into the game with Mohamed Elyounoussi equalising mid-way through the first half and Michael Lang netting a 71st-minute victor.
City is in the Champions League quarter-finals for only the second time.
"I hope that the politicians in prison can leave as soon as possible for their families", he said. Gabriel Jesus slotting home after just eight minutes giving the hosts a 5-0 aggregate lead.
However, Mohamed Elyounoussi exposed some slack defending to smash in an equaliser for the visitors nine minutes later before Michael Lang rocketed home a spectacular victor past Claudio Bravo 19 minutes from time.
Stoke are now second-bottom in the Premier League, and Guardiola believes facing a team battling for survival after a full weekend of fixtures could make it a more hard test for City.
"To be compared with these teams you have to be there for many, many years". In the second half, with Leroy (Sane), he was the only one who tried to be aggressive and tried to do something.
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Ironically, it could be the other record, the earliest title win which hampers that. The second-half was really poor. When it's the weekend everybody is involved and when the weekend is over we have to play.
Basel coach Raphael Wicky praised his side for a "very special" win, but said he expects City to be title-contenders for the Champions League.
"That team dominated the last decade, 15, 20 years with different managers and players, winning a lot of things. In football, anything is possible but we have to be calm and focused on what we have to do".
The first legs will be played on April 3 and 4, with the return legs taking place a week later on April 10 and 11.
It was siege mentality onwards with Tottenham the protagonist and Juve doing what they know how to do best, defend. "But if I have to play in a more offensive role, I am happy with that", reflected the former Borussia Dortmund favourite, who is buoyed by a sustained stint avoiding the sidelines.
"It was hard to go behind after eight minutes, it can be very hard against a team like that".