Micah Richards has given his verdict on whether Manchester City can win the Champions League this season.
Pep Guardiola’s charges are in incredible form right now, having won their last 18 games in a row in all competitions.
City sit top of the Premier League by 10 points, will contest the League Cup final in April, and are in the last eight of the FA Cup.
The Champions League has eluded the Etihad Stadium thus far, but with City firing on all cylinders, this year could be their best chance yet of lifting the trophy.
City take on Borussia Monchengladbach tonight in their last-16 first leg and Richards is confident about his former side.
“Is this City’s year to win it for the first time? It can be,” Richards wrote on BBC Sport.
“To be honest, I look at the German side and the other teams left in the competition, and where they are all at, and I don’t see anything to be scared of – quite the opposite in fact.
“Rather than City fearing other teams and individual players – which might have been the case before – this year everyone else in Europe is going to be afraid of facing them.”
City truly look the finished product right now, with their incredible attack and midfield now backed by a solid defence, culminating in them controlling games from start to finish and giving opponents no chance.
As Richards says, there is no team left in the Champions League that looks especially daunting at present, so providing City maintain their focus and their consistency, they could certainly make it to the latter stages and perhaps even win it.