Manchester City 3/1 Favourites To Win The Champions League After PSG Victory

The only trophy to evade Pep Guardiola in his all-conquering spell as Manchester City manager is the biggest one of all; the Champions League

The Spaniard has won the trophy twice in his career as a manager, doing so with Barcelona in 2009 and 2011 but wouldn’t have expected a drought exceeding a decade in length to follow his team’s dominant win at Wembley over Manchester United.

He has come close on a number of occasions since, most notably reaching last season’s final as they were beaten 1-0 by Chelsea thanks to Kai Havertz’s first-half goal. Guardiola faced plenty of criticism in the aftermath of that defeat due to his decision to play without a recognised holding midfielder. 

Still, they have entered this Champions League season with a renewed sense of urgency, winning four of their five group games to seal their place in the knockout stages as group winners. City have scored 17 goals in those five matches and were unfortunate to lose 2-0 to Paris Saint-Germain in the previous meeting between the two sides. 

Their form in this competition has impressed many and they are now the 3/1 favourites to win the Champions League with Bet365. Previously, they were joint-favourites with Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich at 4/1 but this most recent result has seen their price take a small dip.

City were the absolute antithesis of PSG on Wednesday night; a team that played and worked as a unit and carried no passengers. Without possession, PSG played with eight men as Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe lost all interest until their team won the ball back for them.

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It is impossible to carry three passengers defensively and compete with Europe’s top teams in this era. The Premier League’s three best teams, City, Liverpool and Chelsea are all outstanding without the ball and would likely relish a meeting with the lethargic PSG in the knockout stages. This culture looks set in stone at PSG and will surely make the Mauricio Pochettino to Manchester United links all the more feasible.

What’s even more impressive about City’s win on Wednesday is the fact they did it without Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden and Jack Grealish. They reverted back to their former selves in playing two more traditional wingers in Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez, as well as bringing Gabriel Jesus off the bench to play in his preferred role as a centre forward.

It highlighted both their squad depth and malleability to win games in different manners, even against a team that is filled with superstars. Arguably only Chelsea can compete with the squad depth that is available to the reigning Premier League champions and that should play a part as they look to compete on multiple fronts between now and the end of the season.

2021/22 Champions League Odds*

  • Manchester City – 3/1
  • Bayern Munich – 4/1
  • Liverpool – 5/1
  • Chelsea – 6/1
  • PSG – 6/1
  • Manchester United – 16/1
  • Real Madrid – 16/1
  • Ajax – 20/1
  • Juventus – 40/1
  • Barcelona – 66/1
  • Inter Milan – 66/1
  • Atlético Madrid – 80/1
  • AC Milan – 150/1
  • Atalanta – 150/1
  • Sevilla – 150/1

*All odds supplied by Bet365.

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