Rio Ferdinand says Manchester City gamers don’t have the strain of former glory years weighing on their shoulders when going for the Champions League – not like Manchester United.
The previous England defender received Europe’s elite competitors with the Purple Devils in 2008, and in addition made it to 2 additional finals in 2009 and 2011. United have received the competitors on three events whereas City are but to elevate the trophy regardless of making it to final 12 months’s showpiece.
Pep Guardiola’s facet edged previous a really defensive Atletico Madrid 1-0 on Tuesday night time of their Champions League quarter-final first-leg conflict at the Etihad. A number of gamers, together with Bernardo Silva, have made it identified that their ambition is true the wrongs of final Might and turn out to be European champions this season.
Talking earlier than the recreation, Ferdinand advised BT Sport that in his days at United, he felt the strain to reside as much as the requirements of earlier Champions League-winning gamers. He mentioned that City don’t have that burden hanging over their heads after they enter the pitch.
“For these players, I was in a similar situation I came to Man United, won the league and a few different things but couldn’t get near winning the Champions League,” he mentioned.
“You begin to think ‘is this going to be beyond us?’ And it crept into my mind, is it going to be like ‘is everyone in this dressing room, the Roy Keane’s etcetera, but I’m not going to be able to get it?’”
Talking about strolling previous pictures of former United gamers who lifted the Champions League, he added: “These guys (City) don’t have that pressure because no one before them has won it so they don’t have that pressure – just wanted to put that out there.”