Former Liverpool striker Stan Collymore has claimed that if Jose Mourinho would have won the Champions League if he was in charge of Man City.
City boss Pep Guardiola is one of the best football managers in the world with nice football but is yet to lead the Etihad side to the European crown.
The Citizens were only able to reach the UEFA Champions League quarter-final last season and were dumped out by Liverpool.
On the other hand, Mourinho won the Champions League twice, with Porto and Inter Milan before lifting Europa League with Manchester United in 2017.
But former England star and currently pundit Collymore believes Spanish boss Guardiola should have led his side to European trophy by now.
“Nowadays the big clubs – especially the major names abroad – see the mark of success as winning the Champions League,” Collymore wrote for the Mirror.
“And, as much as we love Guardiola’s expansive, attacking philosophy and the purity of his football, if he walks away from City after five or six years in charge without winning that crown you wouldn’t be able to bracket him with football’s elite.”
“I suspect that, if they were given similar resources, all the top managers he competes against at home and abroad, including Mourinho, might already have won at least one Champions League if they were in charge at City.”
“Bankrolled by Sheikh Mansour, I’d say Guardiola should win the Champions League three times if he stays six years, which is a fair haul.”
“That would certainly put him up with the greats of all time. If not, his halo will slip.”
Former Barcelona boss Guardiola has recently revealed that his side are not currently the favourite for Champions League.
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“Manchester City can’t be considered the favourite for Champions League,” the Spaniard said.
“The maximum that the club has done in the competition is a semi-final, I do not know if we are ready, to be honest. When you believe you can win, then you have to do it.”