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Txiki expects tough Group F

Txiki expects tough Group F
Txiki Begiristain wants to see Manchester City reach the latter stages of the UEFA Champions League on a regular basis.

The Blues were drawn in Group F of this season’s competition at a ceremony in Monaco earlier today alongside Shakhtar Donetsk, Napoli and Feyenoord.

And Begiristain, the Club’s Director of Football, believes the changes made during the current transfer window will make Pep Guardiola’s side a stronger proposition during the 2017/18 campaign.

“We want to be a football Club where we are always there in the quarter-finals, semi-finals and getting to finals,” he said.

“We want to be there every year. We want to be consistent in our performance and for that I think we are ready to do it.

“We are improving every season, we are improving the squad.

“We have refreshed the team and we are hoping that we can remember what we did two years ago when we got to the semi-finals and why not even more?"

Meanwhile, the former Barcelona player praised the depth of quality in Group F and admits he doesn’t expect an easy ride.

He says Shakhtar’s recruitment policy makes them a difficult opponent and hailed Napoli as the finest side in Serie A.

“Of course, it is difficult [against Shakhtar Donetsk]. They are always building good teams, they sign good players, so it’s going to be also difficult to go there and beat them.

“And the rest of the group…Napoli is probably for me now the best team playing football in Italy, they are doing unbelievable football. We saw against Nice they did unbelievable, so we have to be careful.

“And always Feyenoord, touch football, they like to play and what they do, they do well. I don’t know whether to say I am happy or nervous.

“The fact is it’s not going to be easy.” 

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