Man City news: Kevin Horlock thinks Pep Guardiola needs luck to win the Champions League | Football | Sport

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola needs a little bit of luck to finally win the Champions League with the Citizens, according to Kevin Horlock.

City have never made it past the semi-final stage of the competition – which happened under Manuel Pellegrini in 2016.

They’ve also been on the wrong end of a series of misfortunate events in the Champions League over the past few seasons.

Horlock thinks that getting the “rub of the green” will be crucial to City’s progress in Europe’s premium club competition this year.

“I think the Champions League is a tough one,” Horlock told Express Sport.

“I’d love to say City [could win the trophy], and it could be. There’s probably three/four clubs that could win it, and they’re certainly one of them.

“We need the rub of the green, like we saw last year against Tottenham… The handball and so on and so forth.

“You need a bit of luck to win the Champions League I think, but they’re more than capable.”

Last season, City were knocked out of the Champions League by Tottenham in the quarter-finals, in what was a thrilling second leg at the Etihad Stadium.

The Citizens won the match 4-3, but lost 4-4 on away goals. They did, however, think that they’d won the tie in the final minute through Raheem Sterling. But, VAR ruled that Sergio Aguero was offside in the build up to the goal, and it was chalked off.

Earlier in the match, Fernando Llorente scored a controversial goal from a corner that, from one angle, appeared to show the ball coming off of his arm. But when the referee checked the goal’s eligibility on the VAR monitor, it didn’t appear to use the angle that showed the infringement.

The previous year, City were knocked out of the Champions League by Liverpool.

They went into the second leg 3-0 down, but made the perfect start after Gabriel Jesus scored after two minutes.

Pep Guardiola was sent off during half-time for a furious outburst, after City were denied a goal for offside, which should have stood.

Leroy Sane scrambled the ball home after the ball struck Liverpool’s James Milner in the box. But the goal was ruled out because the officials thought the rebound came off of a City player, and would therefore be offside.

One week earlier, and City still felt aggrieved, after Raheem Sterling should have been awarded a penalty from an Andrew Robertson foul, and Mohamed’s Salah first goal in the tie was offside.

But, City have made a 100 per cent start to this year’s competition, and could well be Guardiola’s main priority after a couple of record-breaking Premier League seasons.



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