Hargeaves claims only one team ‘can stop’ Man City winning the CL

Date published: Wednesday 17th March 2021 8:23 - Joe Williams

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Owen Hargreaves thinks Bayern Munich are the only team who “can stop” Manchester City from winning the Champions League this season.

Victory over Borussia Moenchengladbach in Budapest on Tuesday night saw City progress to the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the fourth successive season.

City are still yet to reach the semi-finals under Pep Guardiola but with the Citizens still in the Carabao Cup, FA Cup and leading the Premier League, many are tipping them to in the quadruple.


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Brilliant goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan inside the first 18 minutes on Tuesday night sealed a 2-0 victory on the night and a 4-0 aggregate win over the Bundesliga side.

And Hargreaves can only see defending champions Bayern Munich being able to knock City out of the Champions League this season.

“I think you have to say it is [conceivable City can win the quadruple] just from the form they have,” Hargreaves told BT Sport before the victory over Gladbach. “They don’t really concede. Won 21 of the last 22.

“We all know the margins are so fine at that highest level and if you don’t get the details right, you can go out. I think Pep realises now that playing this way maybe he can control some of those little details.

“The only team I see that can stop them, is Bayern Munich. That’s probably the only one I see. But if they have a bad day then as we saw with United, they can be beaten.”

 

Fellow pundit Rio Ferdinand also warned how quickly the “wheels can fall off” due to a number of variables.

“The thing that can happen is it can be all rosy,” said Ferdinand.

“The team I was in in 2008/09 and we went a month longer being able to win the quadruple and still being in things. The wheels can fall off. You can get injuries, suspensions, a loss of form.

“You lose one game and it can destabilise everything. There’s a lot of variables that can dictate what can happen towards the end of the season. Calm and just take it game by game, which they’ll be saying in every interview.”

 

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