Former Man City player Gary Owen thinks his old side aren’t strong enough to prioritise certain tournaments.
Manchester City find themselves 22 points behind Liverpool who sit extremely comfortable in top spot. City’s latest slip up came at Tottenham, where Pep’s oldest enemy got one over on him as Jose Mourinho’s Spurs ran out 2-0 winners.
Many have claimed City now need to prioritise the Champions League as they gear up for a tricky trip to the Bernabéu to face European powerhouse Real Madrid in the round of 16.
Speaking to The Final Whistle show on Love Sport, ex-City Midfielder Gary Owen revealed he thinks the suggestion of City devoting their whole attention to one competition is foolish.
“We’ve no need to rest players because the squad is big enough but we can make changes and there’s no real difference to how we play.”
“As for putting all our eggs into one basket for the Champions League, We aren’t good enough, I don’t think anyone is good enough to pick and choose what competitions they take seriously.”
“We took the Carabao Cup seriously and have won it five out of the last seven years. Having said that, we aren’t good enough this season to pick and choose what we go for. There’s plenty to look forward to.”
Owen also touched on Raheem Sterling as their are concerns his current poor run of form will have a negative effect on England’s chances of Euro’s success in the summer. The City forward is now 8 games without a goal. Owen quickly quashed any fears over any Sterling doubts.
“You want your players that are going with England to be in form, players have times where without even thinking they score, and other times where perhaps they are over thinking and don’t score.”
“He’s got 20 goals already, come next year we’ll look and say how many goals did Sterling score? He’s on 20 now so we will look back and say ‘oh Raheem Sterling he’s done well’ so him going eight games without scoring - everyone will forget it as they will look at what the end product is.”
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