Roberto Mancini tips Manchester City to win the Champions League

Roberto Mancini tips Manchester City to win the Champions League

Liverpool, City and Spurs have made impressive starts in the last-16, and while Chelsea and Manchester United are to come, the collective winning percentage of England's clubs in the group stage this year was 70% - which had only been bettered twice before in 2013-14 (English clubs: 70.8%) and 2014-15 (Spanish sides: 70.8%).

Manchester City showed no signs of relenting in their quadruple charge as an Ilkay Gundogan double helped them plant one foot in the Champions League quarter-finals. Pep's side were the most backed side, followed by Barcelona, who were responsible for 18% of all bets placed.

"My experience in the Champions League last 16 is it is only over after the second game", he said.

This season's race for Champions League qualification is incredibly tight and it's tough to call who will reach the top four.

And Keown says Arsenal's best chance of getting back in the Champions League is through the Europa League.

The Spanish outfit have accounted for 34% of all bets on the victor of the Europa League despite being well down the pecking order.

The tie looks all but settled ahead of the return leg at the Etihad on March 7. "Then we will see, if we go to the quarter-finals, how we arrive in that moment". But this performance told me that Pochettino still has the players and they are still up for the fight.

"Ilkay is a guy with special quality, he is an fantastic midfield player who has a sense for goal", said Guardiola.

"To win 4-0 away in the last 16 is an incredible result, we are nearly in the quarter-finals, but I am not saying we are already there, out of respect for Basel", said Guardiola.

For the last few seasons, we numbered English sides among the poor teams but the impact of a vast amount of money spent on the best managers in the world and some of the most exciting players on the planet in the last 12 months is now obvious.

Guardiola said: "That's so important but we have to be focused and it's after Chelsea".

The North-West outfit have a 16-point lead at the top of the Premier League table, and they remain in contention for silverware in the EFL Cup and FA Cup. Of course we will be focused against Basel but with the result...

During his four-year spell in charge of City, Mancini guided the team to the league title and FA Cup.