Rio Ferdinand says only two sides can beat Man City in the Champions League
Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand believes there are only two sides Manchester City will be hoping to avoid in the Champions League draw.
City advanced to the quarter-final stage on Tuesday night after thrashing RB Leipzig 7-0 (8-1 on aggregate) at the Etihad with Erling Haaland scoring five goals – breaking several records in the process.
Pep Guardiola’s side have been widely tipped to finally win the Champions League after coming agonisingly close in the past two seasons but the competition will only get tougher from this point onwards.
The Citizens will learn their next opponents on Friday with Chelsea, Bayern Munich, AC Milan, Benfica and Inter Milan currently in the draw.
Real Madrid or Liverpool and Napoli or Frankfurt will join them after Wednesday night’s fixtures are completed.
But after the sensational performance against Leipzig, Ferdinand thinks their are only two sides that can stop City from making it to the semi-finals.
‘They [City] will be thinking, “stay away from Bayern, stay away from Napoli. Everybody else is game”,’ the former defender told BT Sport.
‘They are that good a team. They have experience at this level now and they’ve got the players that can hurt any team on the planet.’
Ex-Bayern, United and City midfielder Owen Hargreaves echoed his fellow pundit, highlighting the threat of the runaway Serie A leaders.
He added: ‘If they [City] play like that they don’t need to worry about anybody else. They don’t need to worry about Benfica or AC Milan or Inter.
‘The most underrated side I would say is Napoli. When they get it right they’re a threat. They’d give City a game.
‘They’re one of the best teams in Europe this season, one of the top scorers, they play beautiful football.
‘If you’re not putting any respect on the name then you need to go and watch them because they’re the real deal. Seriously, they could win the Champions League.’
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