Champions League: Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City aim to advance in ‘most open’ competition


Manchester City aim to take another step closer on Tuesday to the one title that has eluded them – the Champions League. Boss Pep Guardiola says he will be judged on success in the competition but does this year represent their best chance of becoming European champions?

“There’s not an outstanding team” in this season’s tournament says pundit Chris Sutton, while football journalist Rory Smith feels the competition is “not as daunting” as in previous years. City, second in the Premier League, will secure a place in the quarter-finals if they win their last-16 second leg at home to RB Leipzig after a 1-1 draw in Germany.

Bayern Munich, Chelsea, AC Milan and Benfica are the teams already through, while Real Madrid hold a 5-2 advantage over Liverpool, with Italian sides Napoli and Inter Milan leading after their first-leg matches against Eintracht Frankfurt and Porto respectively.

Of the teams left in the competition, only Bayern, Napoli and Benfica are top of their domestic leagues.


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