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Sky Sports pundits make Man City and Liverpool FC 2019/20 Champions League prediction

Manchester City suffered a surprise blow against Norwich City in the Premier League at the weekend and now turn their attention towards the European stage.

Pep Guardiola has dominated English football since arriving in the country, winning back-to-back titles, and also securing a domestic treble last season.

Champions League glory is the dream though and, after bolstering their squad once again in the summer, Guardiola will be keen on clinching title he hasn’t lifted since his days at Barcelona.

While they haven’t quite cracked that nut yet, Sky Sports duo Matt Le Tissier and Phil Thompson both believe City and Liverpool are two of the leading contenders for glory this season, speaking to SportingLif , and suggested they could meet in next year’s final.

 

Phil Thompson

“The expectation will weigh heavily on Manchester City and Pep Guardiola. It is what the owners want and desire. City have cracked the Premier League and the owners can see themselves in the VIP box at Istanbul.

“I think Guardiola would like it before he moves on to his next challenge, and the players have had a taste of it too. You have to have the heartbreak before you taste success.

“They have got close, but not close enough, so they could go further. They have the squad and have two teams which could play in the Champions League itself!

“I would like to think Manchester City and Liverpool will be there. I also think PSG and Barcelona will make up the other two spots. I wouldn’t bet against Liverpool. It is the required knack of winning it. Real Madrid had the knowledge and know-how to get results and it seems to be that way.”

 

Matt Le Tissier

“I think Manchester City will be one of the favourites for the competition, given what they have achieved in the Premier League over the last two seasons.

“You sometimes just need luck to progress into the final stages and they haven’t had that. They are too good of a side not to get to the final, and win it at some stage.

“I think we might be entering a phase of another country dominating, and I see this being the time for the English sides to reign supreme. It will only be a matter of time before Manchester City win it.”

As for Liverpool, he added: “It is a huge ask to retain the trophy. I would still see them going deep into the tournament. They will be the team that everyone wants to beat and will be a scalp that every team will want to knock out.”



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