The UEFA Champions League makes its long awaited return this week, as the 16 clubs remaining in this year's competition battle to lift the famous trophy at the Wanda Metropolitano in June.
While every team will be dreaming of winning in Madrid, some have a more realistic chance than others, with Manchester City undoubtedly one of the favourites to win the competition for the first time in the club's history.
Currently the 3/1 favourites, expectations are high at the Etihad for Pep Guardiola to achieve what was expected of him following his appointment in 2016. So without further ado, here are four reasons why Manchester City will win the Champions League in 2019.
1. Squad Depth
While Manchester City's 6-0 demolition of Chelsea was a significant statement in the Premier League title race, what was more astounding was the amount of quality that started the game on the bench.
World Cup winner David Silva was sat alongside the likes of Leroy Sane, Riyad Mahrez and Gabriel Jesus and watched as Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva, Kevin de Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan caused Maurizio Sarri's side all sorts of problems.
Even defensively, the experienced duo of Nicolas Otamendi and Danilo were unused substitutes for the game, while Vincent Kompany and Benjamin Mendy were unavailable, but highlights the sheer quality Pep Guardiola has at his disposal.
City have undoubtedly one of the greatest squads left in the competition, which will surely play a huge factor in the latter stages of the tournament should they pick up any injuries, suspensions or end up chasing a result.
2. Current Form
Heading into the knockout stages of the Champions League, City look to be in terrific form at both ends of the pitch.
Since their Boxing Day defeat to Leicester City, Pep Guardioa's have won 12 of their last 13 games, scoring an incredible 45 goals in that time, which is an average of 3.46 goals per game, including putting three past Arsenal and six past Chelsea, while Sergio Aguero currently has nine goals in his last six games.
What's just as impressive is City's defensive record during that spell, conceding just five goals while keeping eight clean sheets, as they look in ominous form to mount a serious challenge for this year's competition.
3. Relatively Straight Forward Round of 16 Draw
No disrespect to Schalke - who are fully deserving of their place in the last 16 after finishing second in Group D behind FC Porto - but considering City could've been drawn against Atletico Madrid, or last season's semi-finalists AS Roma, it could've been a lot worse for the reigning Premier League champions.
Die Knappen are currently in the bottom half of the Bundesliga in what's been a difficult second season for Domenico Tedesco; with his side already losing 11 of their 21 league games so far.
While City would be expecting no easy games in the knockout stages of the Champions League, their task of reaching the quarter-finals is significantly easier compared to other English sides in contention such as Manchester United, Tottenham and Liverpool, who have Paris Saint-Germain, Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich respectively.
4. Having a Manager That's Won it Previously
Of all the managers left in the Champions League, only Pep Guardiola has won the competition, having done so in 2009 and 2011 during his time at Barcelona, which should only benefit City in their pursuit of lifting the trophy in Madrid.
In 2009, a last minute Andres Iniesta equaliser against Chelsea saw Barca reach the final, while in 2011, the Catalan side overturned a 2-1 first leg defeat to Arsenal in the last 16 to win the tie 4-3 on aggregate. This experience will be vital for City.