Man Utd have ‘cleared the way for Man City to win the Champions League’

Man Utd have ‘cleared the way for Man City to win the Champions League’

That is according to former Sky Blues defender Joleon Lescott, who believes Paris Saint-Germain were the biggest threat to Pep Guardiola’s side.

knocked PSG out on away goals in the last-16 stage following a sensational 3-1 win in the second leg at Parc des Princes.

Manchester City are the bookies’ favourites to win the Champions League, and Lescott believes it would be a “shame” if they fail to land the trophy.

“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.

“Man City could still slip up in the latter stages of the tournament through lack of experience within the squad because not many of the Man City players have as much experience within the Champions League semi-finals.

“It would be a shame as they are definitely ready to win the Champions League.”

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Man Utd have ‘cleared the way for Man City to win the Champions League’

Man Utd have cleared the way for Man City to win the Champions League, Joleon Lescott says (Pic: GETTY)

Guardiola previously suggested his current crop are behind Barcelona in the pecking order of Europe’s best teams.

The Nou Camp club have been drawn against United in the quarter-finals, but Lescott believes City are capable of surpassing Ernesto Valverde’s side.

“Pep said that are not currently quite in the same level as Barcelona,” he told Sportingbet.

Man Utd have ‘cleared the way for Man City to win the Champions League’

Man City are the favourites to win the Champions League (Pic: GETTY)

“That said, I believe Guardiola is the man to take Man City to that level, but he needs to continue the current successes for a few years for them to be recognised as hitting the standard that has been set by Barcelona.

“Man City have got a lot of great players, but they need to be have the perfect team mentality for them to be considered as successful as Barcelona.

“Manchester City will need to be a consistent and powerful threat in both the Premier League and Champions League and they have definitely been heading towards that in the past couple of years.”

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