Brushing Basel aside 4-0 in the Champions League will help Manchester City when they turn towards some crunch domestic fixtures over the coming weeks, according to manager Pep Guardiola.
A brace from Ilkay Gundogan either side of first-half goals from Bernardo Silva and Sergio Aguero saw the runaway Premier League leaders shrug off a shaky opening in the last-16 tie at St Jakob-Park and turn in their latest dazzling attacking display of the campaign.
Next month's return leg is now a virtual formality and the match could serve as relative respite from City's bid for honours across four fronts.
Basel's visit to the Etihad Stadium on March 7 comes 10 days after City's engagement with Arsenal in the EFL Cup final at Wembley, with Premier League matches against the Gunners and Chelsea in between those two matches.
Should Guardiola's men beat League One side Wigan Athletic on Monday, they will face an FA Cup quarter-final on the weekend of March 17 and 18.
Speaking after the game in Switzerland and assessing a varied schedule to come, he said: "It's so important. Of course we will be focused against Basel but with the result…
"Arsenal and Chelsea, it will be so important to be focused there and make another step to try to be close to the Premier League.
"We didn’t have this in mind. From my experience in the Champions League, when you play the last 16 always you reserve [judgement] until the second game.
"But we were clinical, we played good. I think we played in the same level as over the last period.
"If we are able to go to the quarter-finals we will do better than last season and that is the first step. Then we will see, if we go to the quarter-finals, how we arrive in that moment."
Guardiola voiced his concerns over the hectic festive fixture schedule in England earlier this season but suggested Basel fell below the levels that saw them defeat Manchester United during the group stages because they were rusty on the back of Swiss football's mid-season break.
"I had my experiences coaching in Germany and I have to say that in the winter break – maybe Raphael Wicky, the coach of Basel, knows it better – you lose your rhythm, you have a lack of rhythm," he said.
"But Basel showed they can play at this level when they beat Benfica, CSKA Moscow and Manchester United. They were in a different rhythm clearly.
"Such a break, like two months, it's difficult to overcome. I had this experience in Munich and it was of little advantage to us. My opinion has not changed in terms of Basel."
Leroy Sane made his return to action from the bench during the final half hour – a month ahead of schedule following ankle ligament damage – and Guardiola revealed the Germany international was introduced due to Raheem Sterling suffering from muscular tightness.
Veteran midfielder Yaya Toure did not travel to Switzerland following a bout of illness but could be in contention to face Wigan.
|Messi: I´d give up Barca title for World Cup glory|
|LeBron reaching eight straight Finals is ridiculous and unbelievable – Stevens|
|Indians top Astros in 14 innings as Cole-Bauer duel turns into marathon|
|I´m squeezing this orange until there´s no juice left – LeBron|
|LeBron James leads Cavs past Celtics and into NBA Finals|
|Kyle Busch dominates to win Coca-Cola 600|
|Henderson still confident of Liverpool success|
|Sporting Kansas City 0 Columbus Crew 0: 10-man visitors battle to MLS draw|
|Inglis to captain new-look Maroons, Boyd and Scott axed for Origin I|
|Neymar labels Real Madrid links ´nonsense´|
|Koepka ready to turn seconds into wins|
|Rose ´really proud´ of Fort Worth Invitational win|
|Paul a ´game-time decision´ for series decider, says Rockets coach D´Antoni|
|Egypt president wishes Salah speedy recovery|
|Bonucci: Balotelli has matured|
|Ranieri backs Sarri to succeed at Chelsea|
|Konta admits to doubts after another early Roland Garros exit|
|Warriors´ Iguodala, Looney listed as questionable for game seven|
|Zverev batters Berankis, Goffin back from the brink in Paris|
|Rose cruises to victory at Colonial|
|Neymar: I´m not at 100 per cent yet|
|Toulouse confirm Ligue 1 survival with win over Ajaccio|
|I know what I´ve achieved - Bale not worried about plaudits as he looks to the future|
|Ostapenko ´angry´ after Roland Garros exit, Venus Williams falls at first hurdle|
|Barcelona B relegated to Spain´s third tier|
|Rayo Vallecano win promotion to LaLiga|
|Tarkowski leaves England camp for hernia surgery|
|Ramos ´quite clever´ but Salah injury not to blame for final defeat, insists Robertson|
|WATCH: Ricciardo takes wide receiver role on yacht for Tom Brady pass|
|Until next year – Ronaldo drops new future hint as Real Madrid celebrate with fans|
|Froome stunned by Giro triumph|
|The Triple Crown: Froome´s Grand Tour glory in numbers|
|Hannover sign Wimmer on season-long loan|
|Inter powerless to stop Icardi exit, admits Spalletti|
|Ashton makes England statement with Barbarians hat-trick|
|Watson masterclass seals third IPL title for Super Kings|
|Kozlova ends Ostapenko´s Roland Garros reign on day one|
|Imperious Zverev breezes into second round|
|Froome wins Giro d´Italia to complete Triple Crown|
|Stricken Salah confident over World Cup hopes|
|Verstappen highlights change in approach amid Rosberg criticism|
|Strinic claims three-year deal at Milan|
|Napoli captain Hamsik considering China offer|
|Chinese outsider Wang shocks Venus Williams in Paris|
|Redemption two years in the making - Ricciardo revels in Monaco glory|
|Flawless Molinari holds off McIlroy at Wentworth|
|Karius ´infinitely sorry´ but thanks Liverpool fans for support|
|Root and Bayliss dismiss ´outrageous´ fixing allegations|
|Giggs: Bale the best Welsh player I´ve seen|
|Ricciardo ends Monaco hoodoo despite mechanical issue|
|Lyon star Fekir denies being close to Liverpool switch|
|Pogba: I learned a lot from Abou Diaby|
|Where next for Real Madrid stars Ronaldo and Bale?|
|Shingler and Hewitt out of Wales tour|
|Kyrgios pulls out of French Open|
|Khan wants to bow out by winning blockbuster Brook fight|
|Is winter coming? Game of Thrones stars descend on Monaco|
|Root urges England´s batsmen to ´find a way´|
|Lovren, Van Dijk absolve Karius of blame|
|We all know where our nipples are - Hansen welcomes tackle trial|
|Rooney would thrive in MLS, says DC United boss|
|Pakistan complete demolition of sorry England|
|Curry, Durant reveal the secret to Thompson´s success|
|Salah will miss World Cup, claims Saudi sports administrator|
|Deschamps marvels at Zidane´s incredible Champions League success|
|FIA satisfied Ferrari ´inside the rules´|
|NSW Origin hopeful Moylan pulls the strings for rampant Sharks|
|Champions League blunders will stay with Karius - Clemence|
|Warriors assuming Iguodala won´t play game seven, Kerr says|
|Lampard confirms Derby talks over vacant managerial position|