Michael Owen has predicted that the finals of the two biggest European club competitions could be all-English affairs this season.
And that is before a ball has even been kicked in the Europa League semi-finals.
The former Liverpool and Manchester United striker has given his verdict on the prospect of all-English finals in the Champions League and Europa League, following Manchester City’s win against Paris Saint-Germain this evening.
Pep Guardiola’s men came from a goal down to win 2-1 in the French capital, with goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez proving decisive for City in the Parc des Princes, after Marquinhos had given Mauricio Pochettino’s side a first-half lead.
City’s win gives them the advantage going into the second leg of the Champions League semi-final next week, with two away goals.
But the other semi-final is evenly poised, with Chelsea drawing 1-1 away from home against Real Madrid last night.
Christian Pulisic gave Thomas Tuchel’s Blues the lead, only for Karim Benzema to equalise and set up an intriguing second leg at Stamford Bridge next Wednesday.
However, Owen has suggested on Twitter that he feels the English clubs are in pole position to set up an all-Premier League final, after seeing City come from behind to win in France.
And he reckons it could be a similar story in the Europa League, with the potential for Arsenal and Manchester United to meet in the final in Gdansk.
Writing on Twitter, he said: Brilliant @ChampionsLeague semi final on @btsport. @ManCity simply awesome. PSG lack a massive dose of discipline. All English European Finals looking more and more likely by the day.”
However, Owen’s statement is a bold one, given that Arsenal and United have not yet even played the first legs of their Europa League semi-finals, against Villarreal and Roma respectively.
The first legs of both ties take place tomorrow, with Arsenal travelling to Spain to face former Gunners boss Unai Emery’s Villarreal side, while Roma visit Old Trafford.
The second legs of the semi-finals take place next week, with the Gunners back in north London and United heading to Italy.