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Man City 'confident' after drawing Spurs in Champions League quarters

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Txiki Begiristain standing next to a glass of wine: Champions League - Quarter Finals and Semi Finals Draw - Nyon, Switzerland - March 15, 2019   Tottenham Hotspur club ambassador Ledley King shakes hands with (Right) Manchester City Director of Football Txiki Begiristain after the draw.   REUTERS/Denis Balibouse © Provided by Media Prima Champions League - Quarter Finals and Semi Finals Draw - Nyon, Switzerland - March 15, 2019 Tottenham Hotspur club ambassador Ledley King shakes hands with (Right) Manchester City Director of Football Txiki Begiristain after the draw. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

LONDON: Manchester City director of football Txiki Begiristain said Friday the Premier League leaders are “confident” they can beat Tottenham in the Champions League quarter-finals but are wary of the threat posed by Mauricio Pochettino’s men.

Pep Guardiola’s City, who reached the last eight following a 10-2 aggregate win against Schalke, will play the first leg away on April 9, potentially at Tottenham’s new stadium, before hosting the deciding leg on 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 Begiristain.

“So, we are confident, but we know Tottenham will create problems... We played last season (in the quarter-finals) against Liverpool and did not go through. I hope this time we have better luck.”

With the Champions League now down to the last eight, Begiristain said every team remaining in the tournament were formidable challengers.

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

“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.”

City, chasing an unprecedented quadruple, beat Tottenham 1-0 at Wembley in October in the Premier League in their only meeting so far this season. — AFP

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