Ian Wright is backing Manchester City to win their first Champions League trophy when they take on Chelsea later this month.
Thomas Tuchel’s side recently won the Premier League encounter between the two teams at the Etihad Stadium, but Wright played down that result, stating that City boss Pep Guardiola will field a very different team in the final.
The BBC pundit says that, despite being very impressed with Chelsea’s form since they appointed Tuchel, he is expecting the Citizens to come out on top:
“Tuchel has come in and turned it around and, bang, they’re in the final. They seem to be going into the final with a lot more confidence even though City are all-conquering. But I’m probably still going to go with Manchester City.”
“I think they have to get over the line to really rubberstamp the dominance they’ve had in the Premier League in the last few years. I think they will just get over the line.”
It’s a difficult one to call due to a number of different factors. There’s no doubt that City have taken their foot off the gas recently and that may impact their performance in the final.
However, Chelsea are still very much at the start of their development under Tuchel and, despite their victory at the Etihad last weekend, it’s hard to see them replicating that sort of display when they are under more pressure to deliver. Either way, it’s going to be an intriguing contest.