Manchester City sporting director Txiki Begiristain is hopeful Manchester City can go one step closer to lifting the Champions League this year after falling at the quarter-final stage last season.
Txiki was interviewed following today’s draw in Monaco which saw the Blues given a reasonable Group F with Shakhtar Donetsk, Lyon and Hoffenheim.
He was quizzed specifically about Hoffenheim by a German interviewer and spoke highly of them, seeming fully aware of their talents under highly-rated young coach Julian Nagelsmann and revealing that he’s been watching them for a number of years.
“Hoffenheim? I’ve been there to watch them, even when they had Firmino,” Txiki said. “It’s lovely what they have done as a club and they are becoming a classic team in Germany, always fighting to be there in the top four.
“We have Pep and his staff who have been in Germany and know how strong Hoffenheim are.”
How far can City go in the Champions League? Bookmakers currently have them as slightly favourites to win the entire competition, but Txiki was modest and said they will ‘try’ to do better than last year.
“We want to be even closer than last season [to the Champions League]. We played the quarter-finals, we had the perception that we could be even better, so we’re going to try this season.”
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