Pep Guardiola and his staff got their hands on their first piece of silverware since making the move from Munich to Manchester, with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal at Wembley.
With the Carabao Cup now sitting in the trophy cabinet, and City having one hand firmly grasped around the Premier League title, the biggest question left to ask is: how far can this City side go in the Champions League?
In recent years, we have seen City with a mixed bag of performances in the competition – getting to the semi final two years ago, before being second best to French underdogs Monaco in last seasons’ competition. In the former, City demonstrated attacking prowess at the highest order to knock out PSG, but ultimately came up unstuck at the Bernabéu, home of eventual winners Real Madrid, due to a lack of a concrete game plan and being tactically naive.
Pre-Guardiola, and for most of Pep’s inaugural campaign at the Etihad, City have struggled in big matches, often getting out-thought tactically. However, this season, that seems to have changed. City managed five wins in six games against top six opposition so far in the league this season, and have also registered a double against Italian league leaders Napoli, not forgetting an impressive 2-0 win over Fonseca’s impressive Shakhtar side.
This winning mentality, plus the ability to see out games by simply just keeping the ball and not allowing the other side a sniff at goal, is what will define City’s Champions League hopes. This ability is key, but City’s hopes are built upon their attacking prowess that gives fans an adrenaline boost. If you are enjoying that, you could boost that even more by joining the community at https://www.esports.net/.
But for ten minutes against Liverpool, and a dead rubber against Shakhtar in Kharkiv, Pep’s men have been the better side in every game they have played.
In the long run, City will have to play a team of the Barcelona or Madrid caliber, but I believe they have what it takes to win, and go all the way in this competition. Pep is a mastermind when it comes to game plans, and many football fans will have City as their favourites to win the competition.
It is this attacking ability, that was present last season too, coupled with the new found ability to grind out results, that is the main reason I think City have a more than realistic chance of winning the Champions League.