Former Manchester City forward Alvaro Negredo has hailed the club's Champions League clash against Real Madrid as 'one of the greatest football games' in modern-day football.
The Spaniard spent two years in England with Man City, winning the 2013/14 Premier League and League Cup trophies and scoring a total of 23 goals in 49 appearances.
City leads Madrid 2-1 from the first leg in Spain, but the striker warned Madrid will come with guns blazing.
“I think that this is the most atypical season of all,” he reflected.
“I think it can be a very different game because of the inconsistencies that all the teams have gone through and right now, I can't tell you a favorite either because there isn't one.
“We do not know how teams will react. Both City and Real Madrid have finished the league recently and the players have taken some days off – and we don’t know how will they return.
“PSG have been playing cup matches, Bayern finished the Bundesliga a month ago... They do not have the same rhythm as the rest of the players because they have spent more time on vacation or training individually or in small groups, which in the end is not the same as training together.
“I can't say which team is favorite (to win the tournament) now because I think that they all start from the same base.
“City have that advantage from the first leg, which is important, but also Real Madrid is a very complicated team to play against and City will need to be very focused if they want to go through.
“Madrid have been very effective. There have been games that have been won by a little advantage of 1-0 but in the end, that is what Real Madrid are: a team that can always beat you, even if they don’t play well.
Negredo then hailed the lieks of Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, and Karim Benzema.
“Both De Bruyne and Sterling have an unquestionable quality,” he praised.
“Both have great offensive potential – they are very fast, especially Kevin who also has fantastic ball control and dribbling ability.
“He has many qualities that, as Benzema does, make teammates play very quickly.