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All-English Champions League clash is too close to call, says Pep Guardiola

All-English Champions League clash is too close to call, says Pep Guardiola
By PA Sport

15/03/2019 at 14:52Updated 15/03/2019 at 16:33

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes his side’s Champions League quarter-final with Tottenham is a “50/50” tie.

Manchester City won both of their Premier League ties with Tottenham last season and also beat Mauricio Pochettino’s side at Wembley earlier in this campaign side but Guardiola is taking nothing for granted after Friday’s draw. The two teams meet again in the league just days after the second leg, on April 20.

“We know each other quite well, we have played (Spurs) in the last years many times so we have a lot of respect for them,” Guardiola said.

“(They are a) top side, so it’s 50/50.

“Tottenham, huge respect because I know them quite well. They can use different systems, how good they are up front with Son (Heung-min), (Harry) Kane, Dele Ali, with the quality from (Christian) Eriksen. It’s a tough side but any other team in the Champions League would be the same.

“Any team has its strong points and weak points, the same as us. We must try to discover that.

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“What I want is to come back from the international break with people fit, ready to play the last month and a half with everybody making his own contribution because if we are able to get to the semi-finals (of the FA Cup), April is incredible with the fixtures we have, a lot of games, and everybody will be necessary to play.”

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