Mar 13, 2019 -- 5:39PM, tobermory wrote:
Of course they should be favs.There was a long thread earlier in the season with people saying they shouldn't be favs. Baffling imo
How is it baffling when their defence has let them down badly in previous years and doesn't look any stronger or different this year? Once a good team with top players finds a way to get at their defence they can be made to look very ordinary or even worse. Premier league teams don't do that. Monaco did it 2 years ago and scored 6 in 2 legs. Liverpool did it last year and scored 5 in 2 legs. Lyon did it this year and took 4 points off them and Lyon are a second rate side at this level.
When have they 'blown away' a top CL side? City's defensive 'strength' comes from pressing and counter-pressing but once a team can get past that they have one of the poorest defences of any of the top sides left. Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Kompany, Danilo are not top rate defenders and they are not a well organised unit.
You have a better argument for them being favourites now that PSG, Real and Atletico are gone but I'd still fancy Barca, Liverpool and Juve against them, particularly over 2 legs.
I don't think City have any real leaders who produce when the going gets tough either or a strong team mentality in such cases. There is little evidence they do and plenty that they don't, there is little evidence that their defence is good enough and plenty that it isn't at top CL level. Not baffing in the slightest.