Txiki Begiristain: City up for the fight


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Manchester City director of football Txiki Begiristain how promised the club will compete on every front this season after learning their Champions League fate.

The Citizens claimed a double last term with the Carabao Cup and Premier League title added to their expanding trophy cabinet.

They were in the running to claim a historic quadruple until the latter stages of the season when they suffered a shock exit from the FA Cup at the hands of Wigan, before crashing out of the Champions League to Liverpool in the quarter-finals.

City, who are priced at 5.25 to win the Champions League, are heavily fancied to retain their Premier League title in 2018-19 but they are eager to go even further in European competition too.

Pep Guardiola’s side have been handed a favourable looking draw in the Champions League this term with Shakhtar Donetsk, Lyon and Hofenheim joining them in Group F.

Begiristain has stressed the importance of being successful in Europe but insists that won’t take their focus away from domestic responsibilities.

“We want to be even closer,” Begiristain told Sky Germany.

“We played the quarter-finals, we had the perception we could have been even better so we will try to do that this season.

“The Champions League is very important every season. We want to be stronger in Europe and we want to have the opportunity to fight for this Champions League.

“In England to win back-to-back Premier League is important so we have to focus on all competitions. Of course, it’s very good.”

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