Pep Guardiola can improve his Manchester Metropolis legacy by guiding the membership to Champions League glory, in accordance with former Arsenal and Chelsea full-back Ashley Cole.
Metropolis beat Spanish champions Actual Madrid 2-1 in final week’s last-16 second leg to seal a 4-2 mixture victory and advance via to the final-eight mini match in Lisbon.
Lyon are up subsequent in Saturday’s quarter-final conflict as Metropolis look to succeed in the final 4 for only a second time, the place Bayern Munich await after their 8-2 demolition of one other of Guardiola’s former groups, Barcelona.
Cole is a giant fan of Guardiola’s work and believes extra silverware might comply with ought to the Catalan coach finish his nine-year await a 3rd Champions League trophy.
However the Chelsea academy coach additionally warned Guardiola might use the chance to bow out in fashion, having already gained a clear sweep of home honours on the Etihad Stadium.
“He is finished an important job at Man Metropolis by way of transformation,” Cole informed Stats Carry out Information.
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“He is bought them enjoying stunning, attacking soccer with an understanding of rotation and it is good on the attention.
“However who is aware of? If he wins the Champions League, you by no means know what may occur.
“As a soccer fan and somebody who enjoys watching Metropolis play, I would after all love Pep to remain and proceed the legacy he has began and preserve combating for trophies.”
Nevertheless, Lyon took 4 factors off Metropolis in final season’s knockout stage and dumped Italian champions Juventus out of this 12 months’s competitors within the first knockout stage.
And Cole, who spent two seasons enjoying beneath Lyon boss Rudi Garcia at Roma, says Metropolis can not look previous the competition on the Estadio Jose Alvalade.
“Some folks may say it is a simple process for Man Metropolis, however Lyon have come via some tough video games,” he stated.
“To beat Juventus over two legs and qualify reveals the standard they’ve. I do know the standard Rudi Garcia has – tactically he’s very conscious, so it will likely be a really powerful recreation for Man Metropolis.
“It isn’t a simple process for Metropolis and I believe this will likely be a really tough recreation. Anybody can win it.
“Lyon have some very harmful gamers. I believe Lyon might win, Man Metropolis might win.”
Printed 15 Aug 2020, 12:30 IST