Marseille manager Andre Villas-Boas has stated that he believes Manchester City’s “B team are strong enough to win the Champions League” ahead Wednesday evening’s Group C tie, reports Goal.
With City’s spot as group winners secured, it is expected that Pep Guardiola will opt to play a much changed side from the one that beat Fulham 2-0 at the weekend. Marseille, however, will be eager to obtain a good result to give themselves a chance of beating Olympiakos to third spot and a place in the Europe League knockout stages.
Villas-Boas said: “Qualifying is not in our hands. Hopefully Porto will do us a favour but we know it is going to be hard against Manchester City. They have so many options, and so many top-level options as well.
“We cannot rely on Porto but we must be at our best to get a positive result because City’s B team are strong enough to win the Champions League, I think.”
The comments may be an attempt to ease the pressure on himself and his side to earn a result tonight. The former Chelsea and Spurs coach did, though, sound sincere when he spoke of City’s prospects in the competition.
“The expectations have been very high for City but there will be nobody with more willingness to win it than Pep at this moment. Every year that they start they believe it’s going to be their year and they have the capacity and the squad, but it’s down to small details.
“In the Champions League I’m no expert. Pep is the expert, he’s won it twice as a manager.
“City have been waiting so long, and the quality they have is second to none, the options they have”, he concluded.
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