Ex-Chelsea assistant compares Man City to 2012 Champions League winners

By Daniel Feliciano

Manchester City can follow the example of Chelsea and embrace the journey they're on en route to win the Champions League.

Pep Guardiola 's side made it to their first-ever final last season, only to be beaten 1-0 by Chelsea in Porto thanks to a first-half Kai Havertz strike. That was Chelsea's second European crown, after winning their first back in 2012 when they beat Bayern Munich on penalties in Munich.

Part of the coaching staff that night was Eddie Newton, who says that while Guardiola would have been hurt by the defeat to Chelsea in May he will have learnt from it and that Man City are on a similar journey to the one the 2012 Chelsea side were on before they won the big one.

"It will hurt a lot, there's no doubt about it," Newton told Sky Sports News.

"He would've been thinking about it and would've taken quite a bit of time over the summer to digest it and get it out of his system and then move on. He's a guy that moves on in all scenarios of the game, could they have done something else, I think he's that kind of person, he really elaborates on his thinking about how the game has gone and how he's going to improve for the future.

"I think he will bring that into this season, he's got a wealth of experience in his squad and there's no doubt that they will want to go a little bit further. They seem to just be edging closer and closer, it's a journey.

"We talk about Chelsea winning it in someone else's back yard and they were the underdogs that night. With Chelsea it was a journey, getting to quarter-finals, semi-finals, getting to the final and losing as well and then finally overcoming that hurdle.

"Man City are on that sort of journey at this present moment in time and they just need to keep believing and keep working towards the process of what they're trying to achieve."

City open their Champions League campaign against RB Leipzig on Wednesday night, before other group games against Club Brugge and tournament favourites Paris Saint-Germain.

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