Manchester City were disappointing last night against FC Basel, although ultimately it meant little with the job done in the first leg when the Blues smashed their Round of 16 opponents in Switzerland.
Although it was a fairly insipid display that led to a 36-match unbeaten run at the Etihad Stadium, going all the way back to December 2016, coming to an end, yet another record was broken.
City are breaking and setting new records left and right this season, and while this isn’t one of the more memorable ones, it will go down in the record books.
Recent arrival Aymeric Laporte had 181 touches against Basel, which is the most by a defender in a Champions League game since Opta records began in 2003/04.
His partner at the back, John Stones, wasn’t too far behind with 172 touches, with the centre-backs having the most touches of anyone on the pitch. Perhaps not necessarily a good thing as City’s passing often lacked its usual purpose on Wednesday night.
Laporte was comfortable as always on the ball, completing 95.2% of his 168 passes, and will hope to earn more game time in the coming weeks, with Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi having been Guardiola’s favoured pair for some big games of late.
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