Michael Owen has suggested on social networking site Twitter that Liverpool’s tie with Villarreal is much of muchness while claiming that Real Madrid are the best team Manchester City could have hoped for.
Liverpool reached the Europa League semi-finals with a stunning 5-4 aggregate win over Borussia Dortmund, coming back from 4-1 down on aggregate and 3-1 on the night to win 4-3 at Anfield.
The Reds' reward for defeating the Bundesliga giants is to play Villarreal in the last four, and former Liverpool striker Owen believes the second leg at Anfield will be a real boost for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Much of a muchness in The Europa League. The key for Liverpool is the second leg being at Anfield.— michael owen (@themichaelowen) April 15, 2016
With Liverpool looking to qualify for the Champions League via a Europa League triumph, Manchester City are on course for a top-four finish in the Premier League, but they may not even need it come the end of the season.
The Citizens are into the final four of the Champions League for the first time in their history following their 3-2 aggregate win over Paris Saint-Germain, and 10-time champions Real Madrid now await them.
The Madrid giants are currently third in La Liga and already out of the Copa Del Rey, meaning that Europe’s most glamorous competition remains their last and arguably only hope of success this season.
After being dealt favourable draws against Roma and Wolfsburg, Zinedine Zidane’s side should be fresh and eager to face City, but former Madrid striker Owen believes that the Premier League side have the most favourable draw.
Just catching up on today's draw. It's the best Man City could hope for imo. They've a chance against Madrid.— michael owen (@themichaelowen) April 15, 2016
Covered Madrid in previous rounds against Roma and Wolfsburg. Not convincing at all. Athletico or Bayern would have been tougher.— michael owen (@themichaelowen) April 15, 2016
Stopping Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema will be a tough ask for Manuel Pellegrini’s men as the trio are coming in to good form, including goals in the recent 2-1 win at Barcelona.
City have played Madrid in the Champions League before, but a 3-2 defeat at the Santiago Bernabeu and a 1-1 draw at the Etihad saw the English side exit early in what was dubbed a group of death.