Given that City are 2-0 down ahead of a second leg at the Camp Nou, it was perfectly understandable for him to give Manuel Pellegrini's side little chance.
But what was perhaps shocking was that the BT Sport and BBC Sport man decided to put his career on the line by vowing that he would "stop working" if City end up going through.
Speaking on BBC Radio Five Live after the match at the Etihad Stadium, the Welshman said: "If Manchester City win the tie in the Nou Camp, I will stop working."
Predictably, the promise was almost immediately met by a barrage of approval from excited football fans on social media.
— Justin Rees (@Bumpyjo) February 18, 2014
Robbie Savage promises to stop working if Man City win the second leg. If you do exist, God, this would be a marvellous time to prove it. — Steve Wright (@turnitupalittle) February 18, 2014
Motivation if ever it were needed: Robbie Savage "If Manchester City win the tie in the Nou Camp, I will stop working."
— Liam Snape (@Nortilus) February 18, 2014
Robbie Savage will apparently 'stop-working' if Man City progress in the Champions League ...*buys Man City shirt* — David Walsh (@d_j_walsh) February 19, 2014
Savage, very much the Marmite of the football punditry world with his love-him-or-hate-him persona, may now find that he has inspired a whole new band of City supporters.
It would represent one of the more remarkable comebacks in Champions League history if Pellegrini's side were to overturn their two-goal deficit following goals from Lionel Messi and Dani Alves, but it's not entirely out of the question.
The Catalan side will have it all to lose at the Camp Nou in the second leg and City, ever the hit-or-miss side, could yet shock Europe if they are at their mercurial best.
One thing is for sure: there will be many more people eager to see City prevail while Savage hopes that his comments do not come back to bite him.
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