The first round of Champions League quarter finals have already taken place, with the remaining two games left to play tonight, however, with sides at least four games away from lifting the trophy, former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has already picked the winner.
Lampard, who of course was part of the Chelsea squad that won the Champions League back in 2012, is now a pundit for BT Sport for their coverage of Europe’s premier tournament, and speaking before Real Madrid’s fixture against Juventus last night, Lampard was asked who he thought were the favourites.
The despite European heavyweights such as Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich remaining in the competition, Lampard reckons that Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City will lift their first European crown next month.
“I am going to go for City,” he said on BT Sport.
“They’ve got very tough games and we’ll come to that later and tomorrow I’m sure.
“But in terms of the way they play, if they play with the quality and the teamwork and the individuals that they have in their team, I think they’re ready to take on the best.”
Lampard of course enjoyed a short spell at Manchester City before completing a move to NYCFC, Man City’s MLS sister club.
However, before City get the chance to win the trophy, they first need to get back Liverpool who they face in tonight’s quarter final. Liverpool are of course the only side to beat the Cityzens domestically this season, although Guardiola’s side have suffered two defeats in Europe this season.