Michael Owen feels Pep Guardiola's experience will prove vital as Man City prepare to face Lyon in the Champions League for a place in the semi-finals.
The Premier League runners-up are bidding to reach the last four for the first time under Guardiola's stewardship, where they face the prospect of meeting Barcelona-conquerors Bayern Munich.
First they must overcome the challenge of Lyon in front of them though, which is no mean feat considering they have already failed twice in this season's competition.
But Owen feels City's form and Guardiola's nous should be enough to see them progress.
"In a tournament that is all about peaking at the right time, the Sky Blues have never looked better," Owen told BetVictor. "Although it is quite incredible that despite the huge sums that have been invested into the playing side of the club over the last ten years, City have only reached the semi-finals on one previous occasion.
“In this season’s quarter final clash they face a Lyon side who survived a Cristiano Ronaldo inspired comeback in the Round of 16 [against Juventus ] to eventually progress on away goals.
“Lyon played Manchester City in the Group stages of this season’s competition and earned a win and a draw across the two matches.
“City will need to be aware of the threat of Memphis Depay, who has now scored in each of his last six Champions League appearances.
“However, Pep Guardiola knows from first-hand experience as both a player and a manager, just how difficult this competition is to win and their status as favourites is well deserved.
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“City will never have a better chance to finally achieve the ultimate goal of their Abu Dhabi-based owners and I’m predicting a 3-1 win for Manchester City in this one.”
As Owen mentions, City were the favourites to win the competition outright, however since his comments Bayern have now jumped ahead of them with the bookies.
The German side's thumping 8-2 demolition of Barca gives Guardiola plenty of food for thought if City are able to see off the challenge of Lyon.
And he is not expecting their evening to go quite as smoothly as Friday did for the Bundesliga champions.
“I don't expect that it will be one side on top for 90 minutes. There will be moments when we have to suffer.
“There are moments we will control and there will be moments when they attack and we have to defend deep.
“We have to be strong in our minds and try to do our plan. These games are about the mentality and the spirit – and I think the players are ready to do it.”
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