Owen: An English club will win the Champions League
This is the year of English clubs in the Champions League – Michael Owen
Four English sides are in the quarter-finals of the Champions League – first time in a decade, and Michael Owen has tipped one of them to lift the top European gong.
Chelsea, in 2012 was the last English side to have lifted the trophy in 2012, Bayern, from Germany lifting the following season – and the last five editions have gone to Spain with Madrid winning the last three editions.
Owen, who represented the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United in the Champions League said he was convinced that the final of the tournament billed to hold in Madrid would be won by an English club.
“I’m convinced that it’ll be won by an English team this year,” Owen told Marca.
“It looks like Liverpool are more focused on winning the Premier League, and the fans will definitely prefer to win that than the Champions League.
“Manchester City have won the Premier League in recent years and I now is the time to go for the Champions League. It would be nice if the trophy returned to England.”
At the quarter-finals draw held earlier today in Nyon, Switzerland, Tottenham and Manchester City will do battle for a semis’ place, Manchester United were handed a tough draw against Spanish giants Barcelona.
Liverpool on the other hand, will face Porto, while Juventus led Cristiano Ronaldo side, will face Ajax, who knocked out Real Madrid.