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Manchester City’s German midfielder Ilkay Gundogan (R) celebrates with Manchester City’s Argentinian forward Sergio Aguero after scoring hus second goal during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg football match between Basel and Manchester City at the Saint Jakob-Park Stadium in Basel on February 13, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Patrick HERTZOG

Ilkay Gundogan says there is still more to come from Manchester City after their “perfect” 4-0 rout of Basel left them on the verge of the Champions League quarter-finals.

The runaway Premier League leaders destroyed Basel’s morale with a three-goal burst after just 23 minutes of the first leg last-16 mismatch.

City’s first three goals came in a devastating nine-minute spell thanks to a header from Gundogan, a Bernardo Silva volley and a long-range Sergio Aguero strike.

It was Aguero’s 14th goal in 11 games in 2018.

Gundogan added a fourth after the break and was only denied a hat-trick by the dogged determination of Basel goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik.

The tie looks all but settled ahead of the return leg at the Etihad on March 7.

Gundogan says City can do better and he threw down the gauntlet to their Champions League rivals.

“The result was maybe perfect, but there are still plenty of things to improve,” said Gundogan

The 27-year-old German singled out City’s playmaker Kevin de Bruyne for his part in his opening goal.

“I had the opponent on my back so it was not really easy to head it, but the timing was perfect and the ball was…



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