The Champions League returns this week with Man City, Tottenham and Liverpool all in action.
City’s domestic dominance has got every claiming they’re the favourites to win it this year but some are even giving Spurs and Liverpool an outside chance of going all the way.
But which English club will do the best in the Champions League? Man United or Man City? Three of our writers discuss below…
Manchester United. They may be struggling for form at the minute but Jose Mourinho has always been the master of double-leg European games and he has arguably the continent’s best squad at his disposal in terms of depth.
Sevilla are no fools but still represent a simpler draw than some and the more Manchester City pull away in the Premier League, the greater emphasis Mourinho can place on a second European honour in as many seasons.
While Manchester United will fancy their chances of progressing much further into the competition under Mourinho and Spurs could be dark horses against Juventus, it’s difficult to look past Man City performing best in the Champions League for the rest of the season.
They continue to show week after week just how good they are, and with the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero on the form they are right now, City have a great chance of winning the whole thing.
After winning in Europe last season, they’ll have the experience and the scent of blood in their nostrils, and after having lost out in the Premier League title race so early on in the season Jose Mourinho’s team will have a similar goal in mind this year.
Without other pressures, and with their minds focussed, United will be a tougher team to beat than many might think given their on and off form this season. They are still ahead of every Premier League side other than Manchester City, and whilst most of the other top European teams still have some sort of question mark above their heads, United are still one of the strongest teams around.
As much as City are favourites for the biggest trophy in European football, the pressure on them to stay alive in all four competitions, not to mention the fact that Pep Guardiola duty-bound to win in a certain way, might well give the pragmatic Mourinho the edge here.