Bacary Sagna optimistic about City's Champions League prospects

By Ric Turner, Tue 06 September 2022 15:20

Bacary Sagna optimistic about City's Champions League prospectsEx-defender thinks either Blues or PSG will lift the trophy this season

Bacary Sagna believes that Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are the two favourites to win the Champions League this season.

The Blues kick off their European campaign against Sevilla this evening, and the ex-City defender thinks Pep Guardiola's side can break their duck in the competition

"For me, it is between Man City and PSG", Sagna told Betway.

"Hopefully they don’t play each other before because that would be an amazing final. That game would be crazy.

"You have amazing players on both sides. Neymar, Mbappe, Kevin de Bruyne, Erling Haaland, they always keep the same level. They’re so consistent.

"For me, they are the two outstanding teams and one of them will win it for the first time."

When asked why City had fallen short in previous seasons, Sagna said:

"I don’t know, it’s difficult to understand.

"I believe confidence is important, because the game against Real Madrid was gone, it was finished.

"I remember not understanding why they were playing the game so fast, they needed to slow it down. And they were not quick enough to close down the cross that came into the box from Real Madrid for the equaliser.

"It’s a lack of focus. They could have dealt with this situation a better way. They need to learn how to see out the wins in these big games and that requires concentration for every minute of every game.

"It’s the beauty of football. It can be easy as long as you respect it, but you can be punished if you don’t. It’s all about details. And I think at the end of that Real Madrid tie they were just not careful enough of the small details against big, clever players."