In a highly anticipated Champions League last-16 clash, Manchester City are set to face FC Copenhagen in the Danish capital. Joleon Lescott, a former City player, believes that his former team has shown their ability to handle the pressure and expectations that come with such a crucial match.
City have been dominant in their Champions League campaign so far, breezing through the group stage with a perfect record. As a result, they are heavily favored to come out on top against Copenhagen. However, Lescott warns against underestimating the Danish side, emphasizing the importance of managing the intense atmosphere at the Parken Stadium during the first leg.
Lescott acknowledges that City have the firepower to overcome most opponents over two legs, as they have been averaging two goals per game. He believes that City will be the favorites in every stage of the competition until the semi-finals, if they progress that far. While this doesn’t guarantee their success, Lescott is confident that City will have too much quality for Copenhagen to handle.
The former City defender attributes the team’s success to the mentality instilled by manager Pep Guardiola. He praises Guardiola for approaching every game with the same level of focus and for eradicating complacency within the squad. Lescott also highlights the depth of City’s squad, stating that there is no weakened team due to the talent at Guardiola’s disposal.
Lescott commends Guardiola and his staff for their work in maintaining a high level of performance and for implementing game-related practices during injury recovery. He believes that this approach has contributed to City’s efficiency and confidence on the pitch. Lescott concludes by stating that City’s opponents must be at their absolute best to have any chance of defeating them.
For fans eager to watch the Copenhagen v Manchester City match, it will be broadcast live on TNT Sports 1. The coverage begins at 19:00 UK time on Tuesday, February 13. TNT Sports is available on various TV platforms, including discovery+, BT, EE, Sky, and Virgin Media. To find local establishments showing TNT Sports, fans can use the Pub Finder tool.