'All duck or no dinner' - Eamon Dunphy compares Man City to Rory McIlroy in outspoken analysis
Eamon Dunphy has suggested Manchester City will have no chance of winning the Champions League so long as manager Pep Guardiola continues to promote an all-out attacking philosophy.
City's 3-0 defeat against Liverpool in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final last Wednesday was backed-up by a 3-2 loss against local rivals Manchester United in the Premier League on Saturday, with Dunphy suggesting those defeats confirmed his long-standing assertion that Guardiola's side lack the defensive backbone to match the best teams in Europe.
Speaking to RTE 2fm's Game One show, Dunphy suggest Guardiola's defensive deficiencies have been exposed throughout his coaching career, as he compared the Premier League champions-elect to Irish golfer Rory McIlroy in one of his cutting analogies.
"There is something wrong in that team defensively," he said. "It's a bit like Rory McIlroy, it's either all duck or no dinner.
"They have conceded six goals in two matches in a week, the two biggest games of their season arguably. They don't defend at all well.
"Brilliance is a different thing from greatness. I saw them at Everton before the first leg against Liverpool and they were brilliant, but there is a problem defensively and I think that is down to Guardiola.
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"Greatness is solid and something that can be repeated. There is a resilience. They lack that and I think the problem is Guardiola.
"Look at that City defence. Danilio is an unknown full-back who wasn't getting a game at Real Madrid. Nicolas Otamendi is a walking goal machine in his own goal. Fabian Delph, a failed Aston Villa midfielder, is playing left-back. Not good enough."
Dunphy went on to suggest they never had any chance of winning the most prestigious competition in European football with their current defensive problems.
"When he was at Bayern Munich, Real Madrid beat them 5-0 on aggregate in a semi-final. I rest my argument," he added.
"Some people in the media claim this guy is trying to reinvent football, but that is wrong. What he seems to be saying is, you don't really need defenders. You can defend in the other team's half. Forget all that stuff about great defenders. He's wrong, wrong, wrong.
"They will never win the Champions League. They never had a hope with the teams they had to face and players like (Cristiano) Ronaldo, (Lionel) Messi and (Luis) Suarez.
"I hear people say this City team is the best Premier League side of all-time? Better than the United team with Roy Keane, Paul Scholes and the rest? Better than the Arsenal team with Patrick Vieira. Come on."