Manchester City have booked a spot in the last eight after seeing Real Madrid away. Pep Guardiola’s side beat Blancos 2-1 home and away to keep themselves on the hunt for European glory.
City will face Lyon on August 15
Manchester City will be “very, very happy” to land Lyon and not Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus in the Champions League quarter-finals, Danny Mills said. Man City have booked a spot in the last eight after seeing Real Madrid away. Pep Guardiola’s side beat Blancos 2-1 home and away to keep themselves on the hunt for European glory. The expectation was that Juve would be there to cross their path, but Ronaldo and the team suffered a hit on away goals at the hands of Lyon. Maurizio Sarri has been relieved of his job in Turin amid that disappointing setback for Serie A champions. City are now preparing to face Ligue 1 opponents on 15 August. Mills believes Guardiola will be thrilled to have escaped the Bianconeri, with a stellar side now aimed at a potential semi-final clash with Bayern Munich or Barcelona.
Man City must be very happy that they are facing Lyon
The former Blues defender told reporters: “I thought City were very, very good against Madrid. The fact that they scored early, I thought ‘that’s it, done and dusted.’ Real came back into it. Raphael Varane certainly helped them out, but I think it was down to the sheer amount of pressure that Manchester City put on Real Madrid. The Sky Blues went after them. They went on a total attack. They got a job. I think they will be very, very happy that they now have Lyon in the next round. In a one-off game, you expect them to win this. We assume they will either face Bayern Munich or Barcelona in the semi-finals. Guardiola has seen City bow out of the Champions League in the quarter-finals in each of the past two seasons.
His first season at the helm has seen them fall in the past 16, with European glory proving elusive. Guardiola has conquered the continent twice in his illustrious coaching career, but the most recent successes came back in 2011 during his time at Barcelona. Man City are determined to help their manager fix those mistakes, as the Blues also escaped a ban that threatened to prevent them from pursuing Champions League glory over the next two years.