Borussia Dortmund pose a major threat to Manchester City’s UEFA Champions League hopes, according to Pep Guardiola. The two clubs square off in the first leg of the competition’s quarter-final stage on Tuesday night.
Speaking during the aftermath of his side's 2-0 victory over Leicester City on Saturday afternoon, Pep Guardiola reiterated his admiration and respect for the Bundesliga club - whom he faced on several occasions during his spell with Bayern Munich.
Guardiola said, "I have incredible respect for what Borussia Dortmund has done. I was in Germany three years and always they were a big opponent. I know the quality - not just Haaland, but Sancho, Reus, Dahoud, Hummels. When they can run, they kill you. We'll try to be aggressive."
The Manchester City boss cited his time spent in Germany as the main reason he is as wary of the Borussia Dortmund threat as he is.
Continuing, Pep Guardiola said, "If one person knows in Manchester about Borussia Dortmund it is me. The culture, the way they play - I will not find one single player from BVB without quality."
"They spend a lot of money on young players and pay a lot of money to agents to bring these players there. Because they have an incredible quality. Incredible. Maybe they didn't find this season the consistency in the Bundesliga to win every week but for two Champions League [knockout] games they are able to do anything.”
The Premier League club will go in the tie as heavy favourites, however, Pep Guardiola and his squad will be well aware of the threat that the German side will pose to their hopes at securing the club’s first ever Champions League title.
You can follow us for live updates here: @City_Xtra