Brazilian legend Rivaldo believes Manchester City face the toughest opponents possible in the Champions League semi-finals in their quest to win the quadruple.
City have only reached the final four in the competition for the second time – and the first under Pep Guardiola – and Rivaldo believe they are now favorites to continue winning.
EffectivelyThe former Barcelona ace has said the Cityzens have all the right tools to end the campaign with all four trophies – but they have tough tasks to overcome, with Chelsea first in the FA Cup semi-finals.
Rivaldo told Betfair: “My former teammate Pep Guardiola has put his troops through a great campaign this season and they are close to winning four titles in the same season with the EFL Cup, FA Cup, Premier League and the Champions League. still possible.
“The quality of the players aligned with the mastery of their manager allows them to dream with such an achievement that will be unprecedented in English football, but all the clubs between them and the trophies will try to be a difficult border to cross.
Rivaldo believes that PSG in particular will prove to be a tough opponent for City.
“The Champions League could be the toughest of all, with PSG in the semi-finals being a big challenge as the French club were runners-up last season and this season they have already knocked out Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
“There are only four teams left in contention to win the title with Manchester City as the favorites, but I also rate PSG at a similar level to win an unprecedented title.
“For me these are the two teams in better condition to lift the trophy this season which means we should have an exciting semi-final with the France team having a really menacing attack with Neymar, Mbappe and Di Maria.
“Pep Guardiola is desperate to win the Champions League with City, but I think it won’t be easy for his team to achieve goals like PSG – as well as the finalist in the other draw if they exceeded the French formation – will not be easy to dominate.
In the other semi-final, Rivaldo backs Real Madrid to gain the upper hand over Chelsea, citing experience as the deciding factor.
He said: “In the other semi-final I see Real Madrid as the favorite to reach the final because they have a strong and very experienced team who always tend to play better in these kind of decisive matches, becoming a specialist. of the last decade. .
“Chelsea also have their strengths and shouldn’t be sidelined, but I think Madrid have more experience to land another Champions League final – and they know how to win it.
“All of those Zinedine Zidane press reviews that we saw midway through the season seem to be gone after such a good response from the team.
“At the moment Real Madrid are fighting for the La Liga title and also progressing well in the Champions League, thwarting all comments about a potential loss of confidence in Zidane from the club and the players.
“The coach and the whole team are to be commended for their efforts to turn things around in such a beautiful way.