5 reasons why Manchester City will win the UEFA Champions League
Pep Guardiola could finally end the Citizen's wait
Ol' Big Ears.
The UEFA Champions League trophy was the ultimate aim for Shiek Mansour when ADUG purchased Manchester City, and none of Roberto Mancini and Manuel Pellegrini were able to fulfil that dream.
Pep Guardiola was brought in to end City's wait, and now that the Citizens have the most valuable squad in football, expectations are naturally high.
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Here are the major reasons why this year is Manchester City's year.
#1 The trend is upwards
Amidst all of the furore surrounding Pep Guardiola's first ever trophyless season as a manager last year, what was lost was that Manchester City revisited their Round-of-16 hoodoo in European competitions going out to a Kylian Mbappe-inspired AS Monaco.
This is a club that made their Champions League debut in 2011 - it's only fair that they will take a little time to find their feet in the high-pressure environment of the latter stages of Europe. City reached the semi-finals in 2015/16, and should realistically aim for the semi-finals at least of Europe's Premier competition.
Losing to Monaco 6-6 on away goals was an aberration, with many of the players guilty of mistakes in that match no longer at the club. City are consistent in their ability to get through to the knockout stages, and with a relatively favourable group stage, we ought to see them repeat the feat.