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Monday, December 16th, took place in Nyon the draw of the first knockout phase of the UEFA Champions League. Manchester City – Barcelona is one of the hottest duels in this phase and the Catalans’ coach, Gerardo Martino, said he is glad that will face a team coached by Manuel Pellegrini, one of the best coaches in the world.

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“I always watched over Manuel Pellegrini. He’s one of the best coaches in the world. I’m very pleased that I will meet a team led by him. Manchester City is a very important opponent, but matters and form of the moment. I do not know if we are favorites, but I know that FC Barcelona have to try to win all competitions in which is involved “said Martino.

Technical Director of Manchester City, Aitor ‘Txiki’ Begiristain, who also held this position at FC Barcelona, said the Catalan group is one of the best in the world.

“But to be champions, you have to fight with the best. FC Barcelona is a great team and it will not be easy to play against this team. But we progress step by step and we are pleased. We scored in all away games and this gives us hope. Such was in Plzen, Moscow and Munich. He have to find balance, but we can beat FC Barcelona. We have to be smart, “said Begiristain.