5 reasons why Manchester City will win the UEFA Champions League


Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has lavished praise on Kevin De Bruyne in the wake of their 4-0 Champions League drubbing of Feyenoord, proclaiming the Belgian ace as one of the finest players he has encountered during his footballing career.

The result means City are already looking strong in Group F before successive home games against Shakhtar Donetsk and Napoli.

With a buzz of expectation surrounding Pep Guardiola and Manchester City this season, knocking away teams which aren't in the Champions league elite club shouldn't come as a surprise whatsoever.

Said Guardiola: "Kevin is one of the best players I've ever seen in my life in terms of he can make absolutely everything".

Obviously, Jorgensen's absence is a blow for the Dutch outfit but they did notch 56 home goals in the Eredivisie last season and in Boetius and Steven Burghuis they boast two wide players capable of causing City problems at the back.

"I feel really good after good preparation - physically and mentally I'm ready to play and get a lot of confidence from the manager and the teammates around me". The step for the English teams - the local teams and national teams - is to do that: "win one, or be close and then say: "'OK, wow, we are there". "I have said before he creates so many goals and chances", Stones said.

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They could have got a lifeline on 21 minutes through Michiel Kramer, but Stones produced a crucial block to deflect his shot into the side netting.

Bernardo Silva, another star signing from Monaco, took his time to settle into the game but once he did, the Portuguese was a joy to watch.

De Bruyne admits he is happy to be compared with the greats - but knows the heat is now on him to prove his boss right.

He said: "Last season we weren't able to win any away games in the Champions League and we spoke about that among the squad".

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.

Although they beat Manchester United 1-0 at home in the Europa League group stage, City are a far more expansive team with a wealth of attacking talent, whether Guardiola chooses his starters or reserves.