It’s happened again.
Someone has clearly passed a brown envelope to UEFA.
In a pot that contained Chelsea, Porto, Liverpool and Real Madrid, City somehow managed to get the easiest passage to the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul by not only drawing Erling Haaland’s Borussia Dortmund, but then face either Bayern Munich or PSG in the semi-final, once they have clearly breezed past another German side.
It couldn’t be any easier for the blues, and now even I am wondering if there’s something going on behind the scenes that we’re not party to. It’s not just a matter of stopping the 20-year-old who has scored 19 goals in 20 league matches and 10 goals in 6 Champions League fixtures for Dortmund, but also the blues face Jadon Sancho for the first time since he left the club.
No doubt many will recall last summer that Sancho was a transfer target for many of the top clubs in England, and Sancho will be happy to have been drawn against his former club and will have something to prove.
Then there’s the small matter of Bayern. The German club have only played the blues in Champions League group stages, and they have beaten each other on every occasion, so it should be fairly straight forward against the Bundesliga leaders. What could be easier than taking on the 30 times Bundesliga title winners, 6 time European Cup / Champions League winners, and a squad that boasts Serge Gnabry, Leroy Sane, Javi Martinez, David Alaba, Thomas Muller and some guy called Robert Lewandowski…anyone know if he’s any good?
And if Bayern are knocked out, City will face last year’s finalists PSG instead. This is the team featuring Angel di Maria, Neymar, Mauro Icardi and Kylian Mbappe, so this should not prove to be an obstacle for the blues.
If this keeps up, we may well find ourselves under UEFA investigation again.
It just shows what an easy path we have to the final when you look at Manchester United’s Europa League draw and discover they have been drawn against the mighty Granada. Playing a team that consists of a bunch of blokes who work behind the scenes at a TV station…doesn’t get much harder than that!