Trevor Sinclair believes Man City could ‘blow up Paris Saint-Germain’ in the Champions League semi-final on Tuesday night.
Pep Guardiola’s side have a 2-1 lead over the French giants ahead of the return leg of the last four clashes at the Etihad, which is LIVE on talkSPORT from 8pm.
Goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez have placed City in a position of command as they aim to contain Neymar and Kylian Mbappe for a second game in a row.
Sinclair, who played for City between 2003 and 2007, is backing his former club to reach a first-ever Champions League final.
He told talkSPORT: “I think there is a scenario where City could blow up PSG.
“PSG’s confidence and self-esteem could be depleted and City could have a fantastic evening. Look, that’s what I’m hoping for.
“But you get to this stage of the competition and anything can happen. PSG could be lighted up from the start and it could be a very uncomfortable night for Manchester City. I’m excited.
“I read a statistic earlier, if Man City qualified for the final, it would be 51 years between the last final they participated in and this final in a European tournament.
“So this is one for the fans who say we don’t have a story!”
Winning would also see City win a seventh consecutive Champions League game, which would be a new England record.
They currently have six, a number jointly owned by rivals Manchester United, Leeds and Arsenal.
Higher number of successive Champions League or European Cup victories by English clubs
Man City (2020-present) – 6
Man United (1965-66) – 6
Leeds United (1969-70) – 6
Arsenal (2005) – 6
As Man City drew closer to a Premier League triumph, Guardiola was able to make eight changes to their 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Meanwhile, with PSG ahead of Ligue 1 leaders Lille, Neymar, Marquinhos, Verratti by one point, they all contested their 2-1 victory over Lens on the same day.
Guardiola has admitted that City’s game against PSG will be the toughest yet in their quest to win the Champions League.
He said: “In my experience, the return leg of the semi-final is always the most difficult game, more than the final. It’s not just in this club, in all the clubs I’ve been to.
“In these matches, you’re not going to play 90 minutes like we played the second half in Paris. I would love that, but it won’t happen.
“You have to understand that it will be a big battle, there are times to suffer.
“But I’m pretty sure we’re going to react well, do what we have to do and impose ourselves.”