Four times that is definitely for Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, after overcoming the difficult “hurdle” of Borussia Dortmund, believes Owen Hargreaves … as the expert says, “nobody will want to play them” when they “get back to their best “.
- REPORT: Man City survives early fear to advance to Champions League semi-finals
- City stays in the mix to complete a historic quadruple in the 2020-21 season
- Owen Hargreaves believes that no team in the world wants to play City right now
- Pep Guardiola’s team are still six games ahead in the Premier League
- Attention is focused on an FA Cup semi-final ahead of a Carabao Cup final this month
Manchester City can definitely go on and win four times as much because they have overcome the “hurdle” of their problems in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, emphasizes Owen Hargreaves.
Pep Guardiola had never made it past the last eight in Europe since taking office as City Manager. He was eliminated in the round of 16 in Monaco, in the quarter-finals in Liverpool, in the quarter-finals in Tottenham and in the same stadium in Lyon last season.
Yet despite an early horror against Borussia Dortmund after Jude Bellingham became the youngest Englishman in the tournament’s history, Guardiola and his players have overcome their hoodoo and Hargreaves believes they can go all the way now.
Pep Guardiola celebrated wildly with the players as they reached the Champions League for the past four years
Owen Hargreaves believes City can definitely go ahead now and complete a famous quadruple
“Quadruple is definitely on,” said Hargreaves BT Sport.
‘They can now find a way to win games even if they are not at their best and Pep will believe deep down they can win all four of them. He won’t say it, but he’ll believe it.
“Nobody’s going to want to play City, and if they click and get back to their best they’ll be hard to beat.”
A Riyad Mahrez penalty returned in Dortmund’s favor before a Phil Foden stunner ensured the result was unequivocal.
It is the first time in Guardiola’s reign that City has reached the semi-finals
City now has the prospect of a double header against Mauricio Pochettino’s Paris Saint-Germain for a place in the final.
“(Champions League) was a problem for City,” added Hargreaves.
‘This is a hurdle and they have overcome it and they deserve a lot of praise. You have a lot to achieve this season and the chance to win four titles doesn’t come very often. ‘
Ilkay Gundogan, formerly Dortmund, felt that he and his teammates were “scared” for the first 15 minutes and this was evident when they walked back.
When asked if the locker room will feel the pressure of a possible quadruple, the German midfielder immediately fired him.
“It’s not difficult for me,” he said.
Jude Bellingham (left) scared City early on when he scored his first goal in the Champions League
The momentum changed, however, and Phil Foden landed the final blow to eliminate Dortmund
‘We are professionals and want to be successful. We want to be successful in every single game, there are no guarantees, but you just try the next and we will do that on Saturday and we will see. ‘
City’s quadruple bid will be checked again on Saturday night at Wembley against Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea, who also booked a place in the Champions League semifinals this week after knocking out Porto.
Another title is won in the Premier League City, 11 points ahead of the next challenger, Manchester United, with six games to go.
The other competition still running for City is the Carabao Cup, which will see them face Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham in the final on April 25th.