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Manchester City director of football reacts to drawing Bayern Munich in the Champions League

City are looking forward to the matchup.

Manchester City v RB Leipzig: Round of 16 Second Leg - UEFA Champions League Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images

Manchester City director of football Txiki Begirstain offered his thoughts on Friday’s Champions League draw, which pitted the Citizens against Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals.

“They’re very strong of course. Bayern are one of the candidates with us [to win] and you can see what they have done, they beat one of the other contenders in Paris Saint-Germain,” Begiristain said in comments captured by @iMiaSanMia. “They are a very strong team, very solid. It’s going to be very difficult, but also I guess we’ll also be difficult for them. Any time, it’s going to be a tough and wonderful game. Two good coaches, a lot of good players on the pitch.”

A matchup pitting Julian Nagelsmann against former Bayern coach Pep Guardiola will be tactically tantalizing. Both teams are traditionally dominant in possession against weaker opposition, which could lead to a high-flying, open-ended affair between two of football’s strongest sides.

“We’re ready for the fight,” Begiristain concluded. “We hope [to advance], we’re confident, we want to get that consistency in this competition too, so we have to go through. We always respect Bayern Munich.”

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