Michael Owen told Premier League Productions (21/02/21 at 4:20 pm) that Man City’s back-up XI would be in ‘better form than Liverpool’ and would finish in the Champions League places.
As big-spending Man City racked up yet another win at the weekend, Owen looked at those who didn’t make their starting XI at Arsenal and the quality they have compared to other teams, such as Liverpool.
The players that were picked as Man City’s back-up XI are below:
Zack Steffen (GK), Kyle Walker (RB), Eric Garcia (RCB), Aymeric Laporte (LCB), Benjamin Mendy (LB), Rodri (RCM), Nathan Ake (CDM), Phil Foden (LCM), Ferran Torres (LW), Sergio Aguero (ST), Gabriel Jesus (RW).
That’s some serious, serious talent and a number of those individual players would walk into many top teams, as Owen lauded the quality and made quite the claim when comparing them to Jurgen Klopp’s team.
“It poses the question, doesn’t it, if this team was to play in the Premier League as a separate team, where would they finish?
“I mean on current form, you would have to say that they would be a Champions League team.
“It would be in better form than Liverpool, at the moment. The only team I think player for player, it’s possibly not as good as is Chelsea.
“They have an abundance of riches when it comes to great players – stunning shadow XI (from Man City).”
Man City made several changes to their XI as they breezed past Arsenal over the weekend.
Phil Foden, who produced an outstanding performance at Anfield recently, was able to rest on the bench and not even come on against the struggling North London club.
Not only that, Aguero wasn’t even used, whilst Kevin de Bruyne just lasted over an hour on his return from injury.
It’s all plain sailing for the blue half of Manchester, whilst the red half of Merseyside struggle without a number of their key men and are now worrying about finishing outside of the top-four.