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Begiristain: 'Focused' City excited by draw

QUARTER MASTERS: Pep Guardiola and Maurico Pochettino's sides will meet in the Champions League quarter-finals

QUARTER MASTERS: Pep Guardiola and Maurico Pochettino's sides will meet in the Champions League quarter-finals

Director of Football Txiki Begiristain says Manchester City will go into next month's Champions League quarter-final with Tottenham feeling ‘confident’ but also wary of the threat posed by our Premier League opponents.

Today’s draw pitted the Blues against Mauricio Pochettino’s side with City due to play the first leg away on Tuesday, April 9  – potentially at Tottenham’s new stadium – before the Etihad plays host for the deciding leg the following week on Wednesday, April 17. 

“We are confident. We are doing well, we are having a good season and we are in a good place now in the sense of the football that we are playing,” said the City Director of Football.

“So, we are confident, but we know Tottenham will create problems.

“I am also very happy that we will get to play in the new stadium (Tottenham’s new ground).

“We played last season (in the quarter-finals) against Liverpool and did not go through. I hope this time we have better luck!”

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With the Champions League now very much at the business end, Begiristain added that every team remaining in the tournament were formidable challengers.

“We are here (in the tournament). Everybody deserves to be a candidate in this competition,” Txiki added.

“Ajax, they eliminate Real Madrid…Porto (the same) with Roma - everyone is a candidate.

“So, we have to be very focused. There is no time for mistakes as in the Champions League one mistake and you are out.

“So, we will be focused but the fact that we are playing well and in a good rhythm will help.”

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