Guardiola and Boateng talk City's CL hopes
- 02 October 2013 09:19
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
Champions League fever is much in evidence in today’s City headlines.
There are less than 12 hours to go until City kick off their first home fixture in this season’s European campaign against Bayern Munich, and people have been queuing up to have their say on the clash.
We’ll start with Bayern boss, Pep Guardiola, who has given his prediction that City will qualify for the knockout stages of the competition for the very first time this season.
The Spaniard also reckons the Blues will be a tough task for whoever they face in the Champions League.
He is quoted in the Daily Express as saying: “I bet you this year will be the first time they qualify for the next stage, I have a strong feeling they will do that, I am 100 per cent confident. They are one of the biggest teams in Europe and they have made massive steps forward, winning the Premier League and other titles.
“And in my view, if they qualify, then Manchester City will be one of the toughest, toughest teams in the next round.
“It can be like Dortmund. Last year was the first time they qualified through the group stage and they were strong enough to go to the final. It can be the same for City. I don’t know why, but I have the same feeling it can happen.”
Elsewhere, there is praise for City’s progress from an old friend, Jerome Boateng.
The defender spent a year at the Etihad Stadium after arriving from Hamburg in the summer of 2010.
Now playing for today’s opposition, Boateng reckons City will present a greater European challenge than in previous years.
The report on Bundesliga.com reads: “‘Man City are a more of a team than they were one or two years ago, when they didn’t really compete in the group that much,’ said the Germany international, who himself swapped City for Bayern in the summer of 2011.
“‘They have a new coach and I think you can see that in the way they play,’ continued the 25-year-old defender, who admitted he still keeps in touch with a few old friends in Manchester, such as Patrick Vieira and former Hamburger SV man Vincent Kompany. ‘We’ll have to keep a close eye on whoever plays for them. It’s going to be a great game and it’s one we’re all looking forward to.’”
Hear, hear Jerome!
Finally, there is your seemingly regular dose of transfer news to examine, with City and Liverpool said to be joining Real Madrid and Juventus in the chase for Argentinian forward Luciano Vietto.
Writes the paper’s Graeme Yorke: “Both clubs have been monitoring the teenager’s development for over a year.
“The 19-year-old forward plays for Racing Club and has also been scouted by Real Madrid and Juventus.
“‘Vietto is the best young player in Argentina. I have received many offers from several European clubs,’ said his agent Jorge Cyterszpiler.”
Remember, as ever, if any transfers are confirmed when the window opens in January, you can read about them here first on mcfc.co.uk.