Man City told they can make Champions League history following PSG win

Man City told they can make Champions League history following PSG win

Former Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves believes Manchester City’s performance in their 2-1 win over Paris Saint-Germain at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday evening provided proof that they could go all the way in the UEFA Champions League this season.

After Kylian Mbappe fired PSG into an underserved 50th minute lead, rifling a low shot home from close range, City turned the game on its head thanks to close range finishes of their own from Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus.

The victory secured City’s place in the last-16 of this season’s competition, as well as top spot in Group A, meaning they will travel to Germany to lock horns with RB Leipzig next month in their final group game without too much pressure weighting on their shoulders.

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Just as it was in Paris, although PSG ran out 2-0 winners on that occasion, it was an excellent performance from City, and one that fully deserved all three points. They were dominant for long spells and restricted PSG’s formidable front-three of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Mbappe to very little.

Having got the better of one of the favourites to win the Champions League this season, former United ace Hargreaves believes if City continue to perform to a similar standard, as well as managing the game well in both boxes, they could go all the way this season and secure their maiden Champions League crown.

Hargreaves told BT Sport: “Pep knows the margins of this competition, but if City play like that, and are clinical in both boxes, then they are definitely strong favourites [to win the competition].”

Despite having won a plethora of trophies during Guardiola’s time in charge of the club, the Champions League is still missing from City’s trophy cabinet.

The Blues came close to laying their hands on the trophy last term, but were beaten 1-0 by Chelsea in the final in Portugal. They had also reached the quarter-finals in the three years that proceeded last season’s runners-up spot.

Alongside Hargreaves in the BT Sport studio was former City defender Joleon Lescott. For him, City performed that well that PSG were “hanging on for dear life from the start.”

“I think if you go into the latter stages knowing you’ve played someone who’s beat you twice, it may play into the mind games,” Lescott admitted.

“But that was convincing and could have been a bigger scoreline. I don’t think the scoreline fairly reflects the performances of both teams.

“PSG were hanging on for dear life from the start.”

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