Sitting at the top of the Premier League table with an insurmountable 14-point lead, this year’s City are widely considered as one of the best sides manager Pep Guardiola has assembled in his tenure, with FiveThirtyEight giving them a 37% chance of winning UCL final (based on yesterday’s update). Hargreaves, who has played Bayern and both Manchester clubs, is of the view that Guardiola’s Sky Blues doesn’t have a prominent weakness, this season.
“This is the City team that has best chance of winning Champions League,” Hargreaves admitted in pre-match talk on BT Sport (as captured by Daily Mail), before the Cityzens defeated Borussia Monchengladbach 2-1.
City, who are yet to concede a goal in this season’s tournament, comfortably strolled past Monchengladbach with a 4-0 aggregate to seal a quarter-final berth. Although nowhere near Bayern’s offensive output, the Blues have looked impervious at the back with center-backs John Stones and Ruben Dias at the helm.
“Defence sorted; I don’t think this team has a weakness anymore,” Hargreaves remarked. “This is City’s best chance, they have lost previous shootouts [Monaco, Liverpool, Spurs], now they are playing at their tempo, don’t concede and score a tonne of goals.”
The Bavarians, however, have no reason to fear the runaway EPL leaders. After a few hiccups in the first half of the season, coach Hansi Flick’s team has seen a striking development on the defensive front. The Robert Lewandowski-led attack, of course, needs no introduction.
“The only team I see that can stop them, is Bayern Munich. That’s probably the only one I see,” the former defensive midfielder claimed, before adding that City are beatable on an off-day. “But if they (Manchester City) have a bad day then as we saw with United, they can be beaten.”