According to Owen Hargreaves, Manchester City played like a team ready to win the Champions League by beating Bayern Munich.
City beat Bayern 3-0 in the first leg of the quarter-final and Pep Guardiola saw his former side through to the quarter-finals.
Guardiola and City have consistently lost at the most important moments of this competition since they first came together in 2016.
There were several failures, and their only run to the final ended in a loss to current Bayern boss Thomas Tuchel, then in charge of Chelsea.
But Hargreaves, who has played for both City and Bayern, saw something different in Tuesday’s game at the Etihad Stadium.
“That’s how you win the Champions League,” the former midfielder told BT Sport. “They were absolutely brilliant.
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“Defensively, it was a completely different Manchester City. They were flawless.”
Former Bayern striker Mario Gomez, in his role on Prime Video, was also impressed by City’s side that “has it all”.
“They have a goalkeeper [Ederson] who are perfect for this team, defenders, as you can see, they love to go to every game,” said Gomez.
“They have strategists who set the pace, one-on-one players on the flank who change every situation, and they have a killer up front. [Erling Haaland] who scores goals from nothing and then even makes great crosses.
“I think that if Bayern fail to perform a miracle in the second leg, today we will see the winners of the Champions League. This team can also suffer – they have everything.