Michael Owen believes Manchester City will beat Premier League rivals Chelsea in the final of the Champions League.
Pep Guardiola and Thomas Tuchel’s sides will face off in Porto in the finale of Europe’s premier competition, in the second all-English final in the past three seasons.
City are targeting a first Champions League win, while Chelsea are chasing a second after their first triumph over Bayern Munich in 2012.
Chelsea have beaten City twice in the past six weeks, knocking Guardiola’s men out of the FA Cup before inflicting defeat on them in the Premier League.
But Owen, the former Manchester United and Liverpool striker, expects City to exact their revenge and become the sixth English team to win Europe’s top prize.
And while City, in his view, will win a treble – following success in the Premier League and Carabao Cup – he thinks Chelsea will end the season empty-handed.
‘For the second time in three years, the UEFA Champions League final will be contested by two English clubs,’ he told Bet Victor. ‘Manchester City have finally shaken off their hoodoo of missing out at the quarter-final stage, and in some style.
‘The Citizens were worthy winners over two legs against PSG in the semis, and given their all-out assault domestically, they rightfully come into this as favourites.
‘However, one blot in their pursuit for a treble came against Chelsea in the FA Cup. Thomas Tuchel masterminded a 1-0 win, so there’s no doubt the Londoners will quietly fancy their chances here.
‘With the league sewn up a couple of weeks ago, City have had ample time to prepare for this.
‘That can only be of benefit to Pep Guardiola, and given Chelsea’s recent dip in form, it’s hard to make a case against City lifting their first Champions League trophy.
‘I think Chelsea will sit in here and try to catch City on the counter, however, with Manchester City so powerful on the attack, keeping them out is the ultimate test.
‘With that in mind, I’m going for City to win their first and much coveted, Champions League trophy with a 2-0 victory.’
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