City won the first leg 4-0 and unsurprisingly their manager Pep Guardiola chose to leave key players on the bench with none of Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero or goalkeeper Ederson featuring in the game.
The former Barcelona coach, however, had less positive words for the rest of his team, labelling their second-half performance as "really, really poor" and said their possession play had been largely pointless.
"You create passes to create opportunities but only to pass for itself, that isn't football".
"Pep Guardiola came to me after the match and said I did a good job".
City have now reached the quarter-finals of the competition for the just the second time.
The Swiss team pulled up its socks for the second leg of the tie and came into Manchester with all guns blazing.
"You will find all the clubs in the world when you make six or seven changes, always the team are not the same", he said.
Contradictions aplenty, then. Guardiola, the aesthetician who cares about the plight of the underdog but is happy to act as a spokesperson for a more-than-problematic regime.
Speaking at his post-match press conference, he said: "We are so happy to be in the next stage". I'm not going to say we're not going to win. "We know we need to perform to compete in that situation but we will try to be ready".
They have also been installed as favourites for the Champions League and Basel striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel is in no doubt they deserve that status.
"I am very proud and happy with the team, in hard circumstances they produced a really good performance", he told reporters.