Manchester Metropolis battle to stop the very best groups from scoring towards them and their central defenders may very well be focused in Friday’s Champions League conflict towards Spanish champions Actual Madrid, former England skipper Wayne Rooney stated. Pep Guardiola’s Metropolis lead Actual after they gained the away leg of their last-16 tie 2-1 in March, earlier than Europe’s elite membership competitors was suspended as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.
Rooney, who gained the competitors with Manchester United in 2008, stated Metropolis have their greatest alternative but to carry the trophy for the primary time.
“Metropolis might by no means have a greater likelihood to win the Champions League,” Rooney wrote in his column for the Sunday Occasions. “Sergio Ramos is suspended which is a large loss to the Actual defence and I feel Metropolis will rating. Whether or not they’re stable 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) ‘Huge Six’ membership beat Metropolis… This exhibits Guardiola’s staff can battle to maintain the very best sides out.”
Rooney stated he anticipated Actual to permit Metropolis to dominate possession after which intention to hit them on the counter.
“I noticed Zinedine Zidane do it in his first spell as Actual coach when he performed towards Guardiola-style groups in large video games, and it introduced him successes,” Rooney added.
“But my cash continues to be on Metropolis. They don’t should chase the sport. They don’t have to attain. They’ll even afford to lose 1-Zero and undergo, and within the first leg they stunned 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 may very well be a recreation of cat-and-mouse.”