Former Manchester United participant Wayne Rooney says Manchester Metropolis ‘might by no means have a greater likelihood to win the Champions League’ and stated his solely concern for the Blues in opposition to Actual Madrid is over their defence.
Pep Guardiola’s males are 2-1 up in opposition to Madrid going into the last-16 second leg recreation on the Etihad on Friday evening.
“Metropolis might by no means have a greater likelihood to win the Champions League,” Rooney says in his Sunday Occasions column. “Sergio Ramos is suspended which is a large loss to the Actual defence and I believe Metropolis will rating. Whether or not they’re strong sufficient on the again themselves is my solely query.
“Actual will goal their centre halves and it’s a fear that this season each different (Premier League) ‘Large Six’ membership beat Metropolis… this reveals Guardiola’s workforce can battle to maintain the very best sides out.”
Regardless of their defensive struggles, Rooney does imagine Metropolis will come via the tie with the Spanish champions.
“I noticed Zinedine Zidane do it in his first spell as Actual coach when he performed in opposition to Guardiola-style groups in huge video games, and it introduced him successes,” he added.
“But my cash remains to be on Metropolis. They don’t should chase the sport. They don’t have to attain. They will even afford to lose 1-Zero and undergo, and within the first leg they shocked Madrid by sitting in themselves.
“It was the primary time I’ve seen Guardiola play like that and I’ve a sense he’ll do the identical on the Etihad. It might be a recreation of cat-and-mouse.”