Manchester City have the best players in the world and are ready to win Champions League, claims Mikel Arteta

Manchester City have once again started the season in fine form. (AFP)
Updated 18 September 2018
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Manchester City have the best players in the world and are ready to win Champions League, claims Mikel Arteta

  • Abu Dhabi-owned club start as favorites to land the biggest trophy in club football.
  • City face Group F rivals Lyon home in opener.

LONDON: Manchester City have the best players in the world and have what it takes to win this season’s Champions League. That is according to Abu Dhabi owned club’s assistant manager Miekl Arteta ahead of their Group F opener against Lyon. 

Having won the Premier League at a stroll — setting many records along the way — City are one of the favorites once again to land the most sought-after trophy in club football. Last season they fell in the last-eight, losing to eventual finalists Liverpool. But with an extra year’s experience under their belts, Arteta is confident the side can go all the way this time. 

“For me we have the best players in the world at this club,” the Spaniard said. “I see them every day in training and I wouldn’t change them for any others because they are fantastic. The hunger in the group is incredible and that’s not something everyone notices. People need to look inside the club — it’s not just about the money we have to spend.”

Arteta will be in charge in the dugout for tonight’s clash against Lyon due to Pep Guardiola’s suspension for coming on to the pitch during the European defeat to Liverpool. But while he is sure of his side’s class and ability to win the Champions League, Arteta had defending champions Real Madrid as favorites. 

“It’s hard to make comparisons, we still have a very young squad,” the City assistant manager said. “It is a surprise to be made favorites when there is a team out there that has won the competition three times in a row. 

“Even if they have lost Cristiano Ronaldo I would still make Real Madrid the main favorites because of their history and their experience, but I do think the Champions League is going to be quite open this season. There isn’t that much between the top teams.”


Al-Ain mount stunning comeback to reach FIFA Club World Cup quarters

Updated 13 December 2018
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Al-Ain mount stunning comeback to reach FIFA Club World Cup quarters

  • Al-Ain’s Sweden striker Marcus Berg came off the bench to score a dramatic 85th-minute equalizer, forcing extra time
  • It went to penalties, but despite a miss by Berg, Al-Ain won the shootout 4-3 to book a last-eight clash with Esperance

AL-AIN, United Arab Emirates: Home team Al-Ain fought back from three goals down to draw 3-3 with Team Wellington before winning on penalties to reach the Club World Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday.
The Emirati outfit fell 3-0 down inside 44 minutes as Mario Barcia, Aaron Clapham and Mario Ilich scored for Oceanian champions Wellington.
But Japanese international Tsukasa Shiotani pulled one back on the stroke of half-time, before Malian midfielder Tongo Doumbia grabbed a second goal less than four minutes into the second period.

And Sweden striker Marcus Berg came off the bench to score a dramatic 85th-minute equalizer, forcing extra time.
It went all the way to penalties, but despite a miss by Berg, Al-Ain won the shootout 4-3 to book a last-eight clash with CAF Champions League winners Esperance from Tunisia on Saturday.