‘Maybe it will work out with Bayern’ - Joao Cancelo makes Champions League statement after previous Man City failures

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On-loan Bayern Munich defender Joao Cancelo spoke of his Champions League hopes ahead of a clash against parent club Manchester City.
  • Cancelo loaned from City to Bayern
  • Has assisted four in first 11 games
  • Looking forward to UCL run

WHAT HAPPENED? Since arriving at Manchester City in 2019, Portuguese international Joao Cancelo has experienced a ton of success, winning successive league titles and a raft of other domestic trophies. However, the rise of talented young full-back Rico Lewis reduced his game time at the Etihad Stadium, prompting a loan move abroad to Bayern Munich in January.

So far, his time in Germany has been a mixed bag, and in a recent interview with club members' magazine 51, Cancelo took the opportunity to speak about his goals for the remainder of the season.

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WHAT THEY SAID: "It's an honour for me to be here," Cancelo told 51. "We can take on anyone."

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Discussing the prospect of European success this season, he added "The Champions League is also my big dream - and I will not give up until I have realised it. Maybe it will work out with Bayern this year, I wouldn't mind."

THE BIGGER PICTURE: It makes sense that Cancelo might want to give a subtle reminder to Manchester City of their own Champions League shortcomings, with Bayern Munich set to face them in a huge Champions League knockout match next week.

City will be more hungry than most to secure safe passage to the Champions League semis - while Bayern won the competition in 2020, the English side are yet to add the illustrious European trophy to their cabinet.


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WHAT NEXT? Erling Haaland is back in training for Manchester City, and he'll be desperate to help Guardiola's side start off their two-legged quarter-final against Bayern with a bang. The opening clash of the tie takes place on Tuesday, April 11, at the Etihad Stadium, and the Premier League title chasers will be hoping that Cancelo, the on-loan man making an impact in the Bundesliga, won't come back to bite them.