Ex-Liverpool man Owen predicts Champions League winner

Date published: Friday 30th August 2019 11:37

Michael Owen

Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen is backing Manchester City to win the Champions League this season.

Despite being one of the favourites for the competition over the last three seasons under Pep Guardiola, City haven’t progressed past the quarter-finals.

The Citizens only European title came back in 1970 when they won the Cup Winners’ Cup – but Owen thinks Guardiola’s side can bring their long wait to an end.

“I think City, I think it’s their time. They’ve been building towards it for a long, long time and it’s certainly their priority,” Owen told BT Sport.

“Of course, the Premier League and the Champions League are everybody’s priority but City now are desperate for that. Liverpool are desperate for the Premier League, I think City are desperate for the Champions League.

“I just think that when you watch them now, they are a team that you struggle to see getting built. They’ve got experience with their manager, they’ve got more and more of it with their team. I just think it’s their season.

“Winning the league like has done, he will certainly go away with a huge amount of credit no matter what. The team that we watch every single week will be his legacy. That team is just one of the best we’ve seen, all those records.

“I don’t think it will be a failure if he doesn’t win it. However, imagine how he would walk away if he did. He’d go down as one of the greats.

“I compare them a little way with Paris Saint-Germain over the years, I’ve never, ever fancied them to win this competition for the last five or so years just because of their style of play. You can’t go at it too gung-ho.

“I think City are improving in that way. I think they can keep clean sheets and the ease in which they score goals is just devastating.”


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