Guardiola: We have a lot of respect for Spurs

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 02: Josep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City reacts next to Mauricio Pochettino, manager of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at White Hart Lane on October 2, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

With Manchester City to play against Tottenham Hotspur in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, manager Pep Guardiola claims his side is bracing up to face the north Londoners thrice in a fortnight.

Spurs will play the first Champions League tie in their new stadium on April 9, with the return leg at the Etihad Stadium on April 17.

Three days later both teams will face off once again in the League front, which could be decisive in the title race and the top-four places.

And Guardiola is slightly wary about facing a Premier League opposition despite admitting it’s a 50/50 affair.

He told Sky: “It happens. It’s a pleasure to be in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

“We know each other quite well. We have a lot of respect. It’s 50/50. We’ll try to get in the best condition possible and try to do a good two games.

Statistically, both teams have failed to deliver when playing against an English side in Europe with City losing their last game against Liverpool.

“Every team has their strengths and weaknesses, and it’s the same with us. All I’m concerned with is Tottenham.

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“Huge respect and I know them quite well. It’s hard, but if you talk about any other team in the Champions League it would be the same.”

When asked about the likelihood of the club facing a transfer ban, Pep disclosed he is not in the best position to speak on that.

“I cannot say something every press conference. I was clear in my opinion. The club have made their statement. I’m not giving any comments,” he added.

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