Manchester City combat to forestall the most efficient groups from scoring towards them and their central defenders could be focused in Friday’s Champions League conflict towards Spanish champions Real Madrid, former England skipper Wayne Rooney stated. Pep Guardiola’s City lead Real once they received the away leg in their last-16 tie 2-1 in March, prior to Europe’s elite membership pageant used to be suspended because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rooney, who received the contest with Manchester United in 2008, stated City have their highest alternative but to raise the trophy for the primary time.
“City may never have a better chance to win the Champions League,” Rooney wrote in his column for the Sunday Times. “Sergio Ramos is suspended which is a huge loss to the Real defence and I think City will score. Whether they are solid enough at the back themselves is my only question.
“Real will target their centre halves and it’s a worry that this season every other (Premier League) ‘Big Six’ club beat City… This shows Guardiola’s team can struggle to keep the best sides out.”
Rooney stated he anticipated Real to permit City to dominate ownership after which purpose to hit them at the counter.
“I saw Zinedine Zidane do it in his first spell as Real coach when he played against Guardiola-style teams in big games, and it brought him successes,” Rooney added.
“Yet my money is still on City. They don’t have to chase the game. They don’t have to score. They can even afford to lose 1-0 and go through, and in the first leg they surprised Madrid by sitting in themselves.
“It was the first time I’ve seen Guardiola play like that and I’ve a feeling he’ll do the same at the Etihad. It could be a game of cat-and-mouse.”