Former Real Madrid forward and England international believes Manchester City will be looking up to win the champions league after winning the Carabao Cup and seem to be champions in waiting for the premier league title.
Shearer who wrote as a Match of the day punditvy on BBC Sport believes that City will be looking up to complete the treble of domestic league, league cup and a European Champions league.
So far, only Liverpool and Manchester United are the only two English clubs to have won the treble of the domestic league, league Cup and European Cup or Champions League in 1984 and 1999 respectively and that would be a heavy task for City.
Shearer believes that as good as City have been, and as strong as their squad is, it will be a big ask for them to join that elite list.
Though a lot of City’s players have not found themselves in a situation where they are chasing multiple trophies late in a season, but they have a manager who is used to it and he won’t be satisfied once the league title is secured as well until he gets his hand on the champions league.
Shearer also believes that City’s defence has improved compared to last season and this could propel them to winning as Pep Guardiola has brought in several players to ensure his team’s defence is strengthened.
In goal, Ederson who came in this season to man the post in place of Bravo has shown he is also a better passer than many defenders in the Premier League and a lot of their moves start with him.
City have also been very impressive with the way they try to win back balls when it is lost, and have also enjoyed the highest possession rate of any team in Europe’s big five leagues (England, France, Germany, Spain and Italy) with an average rate of 72.2%, this makes the opposition work very hard to get the ball from them.
The champions league trophy is the only trophy City is yet to win since Sheikh Mansour bought the club 10 years ago in 2008 and that was exactly one of the reasons Guardiola was hired, to move the club from a second-tier to a top European club that could compete with the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and others.
Shearer also pointed that City have only gone past the last 16 once before, when they reached the semi-finals in 2016, but they are as good as in the quarter-finals this time after beating Basel 4-0 in the first leg of their last-16 tie in Switzerland.
Again, it has been a case of so far, so good – but we will not truly know how good this City side is until they meet a team like Barcelona, Bayern Munich or whoever comes through the Real Madrid v Paris St-Germain tie. Those big hitters will offer the real test Shearer stated on BBC Sport.