Premier League winning Manchester City star believes that the club finally has what it takes to excel in the Champions League.
Manchester City has been on fire this season, as they have rampaged their way into not one but four potential trophy races. While they aren’t unbeaten in the Premier League anymore, the Citizens still lead Manchester United by 16 points with only 11 games remaining in the season. However, while they are still in the race for a trophy in both the Carabao Cup and the FA Cup, it’s the Champions League that everyone’s interested in.
The Citizens have failed to launch a proper bid for the coveted trophy since their return to the top league of European football in 2011/12. While they did do comparatively well under Manuel Pellegrini, their best return in the Champions League still remains a semi-final appearance during the 2015/16 season.
However, this season with his team doing very well, manager Pep Guardiola is confident about their chances and so is stalwart Vincent Kompany. The club captain who has been at the club since August of 2008, has been a key figure in their back-line ever since despite multiple injury troubles. The 31-year-old also played a major part in Manchester City’s title-winning season both in 2011/12 and 2013/14.
In an interview before Manchester City’s last-16 clash against FC Basel, the Belgian international went on to say, “We’ve been caught out on occasions when we shouldn’t have been but I think things have changed now. If there is a year, a time, a moment when the club is ready to feel at home in the competition then it’s now.
I’m not going to say it’s a matter of time because some clubs never win it but, if every year we can go in with this kind of confidence, then if not this year, or next year, eventually we’ll get there. I’m sure of it.”
Manchester City most certainly has the squad capable enough to go on and win a Champions League trophy, and in the kind of form they are, it’s certainly a possibility. But then again there are the likes of Barcelona, Manchester United, Liverpool, and even a struggling Real Madrid in the running for the Champions League trophy, so that’s easier said than done.