City director wary of Dynamo Kiev

Manchester, Dec 14 (IANS) Manchester City director Txiki Begiristain on Monday warned that the English football giants’ round-of-16 tie with Dynamo Kiev in the European Champions League is far from easy.

The 51-year old also revealed his delight that they have topped a Champions League group for the first time and stated his belief that City are improving in the competition.

“It’s never easy — they’ve shown that they have a good side by beating Porto and drawing with Chelsea,” Begiristain told the club’s website mcfc.com.

“It’s going to be difficult for us but the most important thing is that we show we’re improving in this competition and we’ll fight to get to the quarters.

“The weather sometimes doesn’t help but we have to be ready. At least we play in England — it’s not the same but it’s close. We’re ready to try and improve in this competition and grow.”

Dynamo Kiev are currently top of the Ukrainian Premier League.

Ex-Spurs striker Sergei Rebrov is now the head coach and steered them through a group containing Chelsea, Porto and Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Begiristain added: “They are a strong side, they will play football and it’s 11 v 11. It’s going to be tough. They will want to show people they’re strong, that they are fighting for something. They’re in the Last 16 so we know they are good.

“We are getting experience which is important. We are improving.”

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