Michael Owen makes bold Man City vs Chelsea Champions League final prediction

       

Michael Owen makes bold Man City vs Chelsea Champions League final prediction

Michael Owen has backed Manchester City to exact revenge on Chelsea and win their first Champions League title.

The two Premier League heavyweights will square off in Porto on Saturday night.

For City and Pep Guardiola European success would be the completion of a journey that begun when they were taken over back in 2009.

Chelsea’s billionaire owner Roman Abramovich too coveted the Champions League and finally got his hands on it in 2012.

The Blues have twice beaten City in recent weeks, but Owen believes the Premier League winners will be primed to turn the tables.

“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.

“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.

“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.

“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.”

The City boss has also claimed Chelsea’s recent victories over his side will have no influence on the contest.

He told BT Sport : “Absolutely nothing! Zero.

“We came [faced Chelsea in FA Cup semi-final] just two days after qualifying for the Dortmund game away and after the semi-finals [played Chelsea in the league] in that moment.

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