Former Borussia Dortmund midfielder and current club head of licensed players Sebastian Kehl has spoken out ahead of the UEFA Champions League quarter final tie between the German giants and Manchester City.
The draw was revealed on Friday morning, and Kehl is confident in his club.
However, the former Dortmund player recognises that Manchester City are the tournament favourites. In speaking to Borussia Dortmund’s website, Kehl said, ''I consider Manchester City to be the big favourites among the eight remaining teams. It's going to be a tough one. Both matches will be really difficult, Man City are in fantastic shape at the moment.”
He went on to say, ''Pep Guardiola has a clear footballing philosophy: very ball-oriented, lots of possession, high pressing and a bold approach. They dominate opponents with their supremacy and pose a constant goal threat."
"They are the runaway leaders in England and have won a lot of titles in the last few years. It's a tough draw for us, but we're looking forward to going up against this team.''
Current Dortmund midfielder and captain Marco Reus also weighed in on the tie, and opened up about his excitement in facing former teammate Ilkay Gundogan.
“First of all I'm looking forward to the reunion with Ilkay. We played together for a number of years at BVB. His progression at Manchester City has been superb", he said.
"It's a hard draw. City are playing very well in the Premier League and laid down a real marker against Gladbach. That said, I don't think we should let our heads drop. Time and time again we've shown what we're capable of in the Champions League. They will be two tough matches, but we're looking forward to them", said Reus.
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