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Redknapp predicts next year’s Champions League winners

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Former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has got his money on Manchester City winning next season’s Champions League.

Pep Guardiola’s record-breaking side became the first team in English football to win a domestic treble in the Premier League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup last term. Yet, Champions League glory continued to elude them.

City’s European dream came to an end against Redknapp’s old club Spurs in the quarter-finals. While Liverpool, who defeated the Citizens in the 2017/18 quarter-finals, went on to win the tournament.

But Redknapp expects that City will be the favourites to win their first-ever Champions League crown next season. They’ve even reportedly begun lining up transfer targets to bolster their prospects.

“I really feel this next few years, the Champions League is going to be made for the English clubs,” said Redknapp, according to Daily Mirror.

“We’ve got Man City next year, I fancy them next year. I think it’s their turn to win it.

“If I had to have a bet now on next year’s winners, I’d want to be with Man City.”

The now-retired coach is also tipping for even more English dominance in Europe with Barcelona now past their best days. While Real Madrid’s rebuilding phase will take time to implement.

Redknapp added: “I mean the two semi-finals were two of the great games we’ll ever see,”

“The Barcelona game, that Liverpool performance, was just amazing, then Tottenham coming back in the second half against Ajax was incredible as well.

“I look around now, and I really can see us dominating for the next few years.

“I think it looks to me that Real Madrid are in decline, Barcelona don’t look what they were, Liverpool showed they are nothing to fear.”

The 2020 Champions League final will be played at Istanbul in Turkey on May 30 next year.

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MADRID, SPAIN – MAY 31: A practice ball is seen during the Tottenham Hotspur training session on the eve of the UEFA Champions League Final against Liverpool at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on May 31, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)