Manc duo tipped for Euro success
Graeme Souness believes both Manchester City and Manchester United are capable of reaching the Champions League semi-finals this season. Manchester City open their Champions League campaign with a trip to Viktoria Plzen on Tuesday, and Souness believes the Blues can make an impact on the competition after failing to get beyond the group stage for the last two years. He told Sky Sports: "I believe Manchester City have got a fantastic group of players and it's a bit of a mystery why in two successive years they haven't made a real showing in the Champions League.
Souness does feel, however, that new City boss Manuel Pellegrini may have been shocked by the competitiveness of the Premier League so far this season. "I think Pellegrini is still coming to terms with the Premier League," Souness said.
"In my experience of playing abroad, the big teams tend to roll over the smaller teams. I've worked abroad in several countries and after the initial 15 to 30 minutes of a game you find that the big teams steamroller the lesser sides in the vast majority of cases.
The supporters expect English teams to show a never-say-die attitude and keep going. I think Pellegrini needs to accept that and start picking his teams accordingly.
"Unless somebody is carrying a knock I think you should play your strongest team. I'm not a subscriber to the idea that players need resting; I don't think the game has changed that much.
"After a 0-0 draw at Stoke on Saturday, which isn't the best result, he now needs to go and get a good result on Tuesday night - and by a good result I mean he's got to go there and win.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at Teamtalk.comSimilar Stories