City buoy­ant for visit of Moenchenglad­bach

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports - BY MAR­TYN HER­MAN/

Pep Guardi­ola says Man­ches­ter City are not yet ready to com­pete with Europe’s elite but his side will be con­fi­dent of open­ing their Cham­pi­ons League cam­paign with vic­tory over Borus­sia Moenchenglad­bach on Tues­day.

The Spa­niard could hardly have started his City reign more im­pres­sively with four con­sec­u­tive Pre­mier League wins and a crush­ing Cham­pi­ons League play­off de­feat of Steaua Bucharest.

But Guardi­ola, twice a Cham­pi­ons League win­ner as coach of Barcelona, has quickly moved to dampen ex­pec­ta­tions.

“Un­til now, in the Pre­mier League it has been okay -- but to com­pete against the best clubs in Europe, in this mo­ment with the way we are play­ing, we are not able to,” Guardi­ola said.

The com­ment was all the more sur­pris­ing as it came af­ter Satur­day’s im­pres­sive 2-1 vic­tory at Jose Mour­inho’s Man­ches­ter United.

Even with­out top striker Ser­gio Aguero, who was sus­pended but will be avail­able on Tues­day, City oozed con­fi­dence.

The same can­not be said of Moenchenglad­bach, who City beat twice in the group phase last sea­son be­fore go­ing on to reach the semi­fi­nals for the first time.

The Bun­desliga side were beaten 3-1 at SC Freiburg over the week­end, in­ter­rupt­ing what had been a bright start to the sea­son for An­dre Schu­bert’s men.

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Man­ches­ter City strik­ers Nolito and Kelechi Iheana­cho cel­e­brate af­ter the lat­ters goal against Man­ches­ter United on Satur­day .

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