Michael Owen Predicts Manchester City To Win The Champions League This Season
Michael Owen has backed Manchester City to finally win the Champions League under Pep Guardiola at the fourth attempt.
City have not made it past the quarter finals under the Catalan, who won the competition twice while manager of Barcelona in 2009 and 2011 respectively when they beat Manchester United in the final.
But having won back-to-back Premier League titles in record-breaking fashion, Owen feels as though Guardiola's side are ready to win the most coveted prize in European club football.
"I think City, I think it's their time," Owen told BT Sport, via The Mirror.
"They've been building towards it for a long, long time and it's certainly their priority. Of course, the Premier League and the Champions League are everybody's priority but City now are desperate for that.
"Liverpool are desperate for the Premier League, I think City are desperate for the Champions League.
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"I just think that when you watch them now, they are a team that you struggle to see getting built. They've got experience with their manager, they've got more and more of it with their team. I just think it's their season.
"Winning the league like has done, he will certainly go away with a huge amount of credit no matter what. The team that we watch every single week will be his legacy. That team is just one of the best we've seen, all those records.
"I don't think it will be a failure if he [Guardiola] doesn't win it. However, imagine how he would walk away if he did. He'd go down as one of the greats."
City fans can take comfort in the fact that Owen's recent Champions League predictions have been incredibly accurate. He picked Real Madrid as the 2018 winners at the start of the season and then correctly guessed his old side Liverpool would go all the way and win a sixth European Cup last term.
City have been handed a routine group stage draw - having been paired with Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk for the second year running, along with Dinamo Zagreb and Italian outfit Atalanta.