Manchester United’s dramatic last 16 win over PSG has potentially gifted Manchester City the Champions League title, according to Joleon Lescott.
The former City defender believes the French club were the biggest threat to Pep Guardiola’s side in the competition this season.
Could City win the Champions League this season? Five key things to know…
- Since the Sheikh Mansour era took off in 2008 City have won every domestic trophy but are yet to succeed in Europe.
- Both Roberto Mancini and Manuel Pellegrini clinched Premier League titles but were sacked for failing to win the Champions League.
- Guardiola was appointed in 2016 with expectations of winning the competition having previously succeeded with Barcelona.
- City face Spurs in the quarter-finals next month.
- Ex-defender Lescott believes City are now favourites for the trophy after PSG suffered elimination at the hands of Man Utd.
However, Thomas Tuchel suffered a similar fate to his Parisian predecessors by failing to progress past the Round of 16, losing in dramatic fashion to Ole Gunnar Solskaer’s resurgent Man Utd.
As such, City now have a clear path to reach the final in Madrid and secure a first ever Champions League title; and they will have their arch-rivals Man Utd to thank for it should they prevail at the Wanda Metropolitano, says Lescott.
“I think Man Utd have potentially cleared the way for Man City to win the Champions League when they knocked PSG out of the tournament,” he said.
“I believe PSG were the biggest threat to Man City’s potential success in the Champions League this season.”
City travel to Spurs for the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final clash on April 9 before playing host two weeks later in the return fixture.
Subscribe to Squawka’s Youtube channel here.
Could the quadruple really be on the cards?
Manchester United famously etched their names in the history books after securing a miraculous treble in the 1998/99 season, but could City go one better with an unprecedented quadruple?
Guardiola and company are certainly on course to see it happen, but they face a gruelling few months of action before that wishful thinking can become reality.
As things stand, the north-west club are currently second in the Premier League but only two points behind leaders Liverpool with a game in hand.
Their fate is therefore in their own hands, while the EFL Cup has already been secured and an FA Cup semi-final against Brighton at Wembley awaits next Saturday.
But the biggest and arguably toughest challenge comes in the form of the Champions League. A win over Spurs will see the club face either Ajax or Juventus in the semi-finals, before locking horns with one of Man Utd, Barcelona, Liverpool or Porto in the final.
Difficult, but not impossible, and given Guardiola’s managerial ability, as well as track record, that potential could be closer to home than a fool’s paradise would suggest.