Yaya Toure delivers Manchester City’s Champions League verdict

Yaya Touré has assessed Manchester City’s chances of winning the UEFA Champions League.

It’s no secret that Manchester City’s ultimate goal remains to win the Champions League.

However, that dream has eluded the club since their takeover was initiated in 2008.

Despite becoming the most successful team in English football for over a decade, the club have yet to replicate the same level of dominance in Europe.

Under Pep Guardiola in particular, the Sky Blues have suffered confusing exits in the competition in recent years.

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Pep Guardiola watches Manchester City‘s 0-2 win over West Ham.

However, the Catalan and his team look to be becoming a force to be reckoned with in Europe’s elite competition, after improvements in their previous two campaigns.

In the 2020/21 season, the Premier League champions reached a first Champions League final, beating Borussia Dortmund and PSG on their way to the historic contest.

However, Manchester City suffered a gruesome 1-0 loss to Chelsea in an all-England final.

Last season, it looked like City would face Liverpool in the final, after Riyad Mahrez extended the team’s lead to two goals in the closing stages of the semi-final second leg against Real Madrid.

However, a late Rodrygo-inspired comeback settled the tie in favor of eventual winners Real Madrid.

As Pep Guardiola’s side aim to finally conquer Europe this season, club legend Yaya Toure has had his say on his former side’s chances of finally winning the competition.

Yaya Toure (PA)
Yaya Toure (PA)

Speaking at the Champions League draw in Istanbul on Thursday, Toure said: “Every year they have a chance, and this year they are going to have a chance. They can get what they need. This won’t be easy for them, but I wish them good luck.”

In what is considered one of the toughest groups of the tournament so far, City will have to fight for qualification first, before they even think about becoming European champions.

Unlike the past two seasons, the presence of a clinical goalscorer like Erling Haaland and a lot more experience of knockout football in the squad could potentially make Manchester City tailor-made to finally lift the elusive trophy, especially with an icon. like the blessing of Yaya Touré.