Txiki Begiristain confident the stars are aligned in City's favour, however.
Manchester City were assigned to Group D of the Champions League during the protracted UEFA draw in Monaco earlier today, Thursday, along with current European Cup holders Bayern Munich, Czech Republic representatives Viktoria Plzen and potential dark horses CSKA Moscow, who City director of football Txiki Begiristain sees as a potential threat.
Not only does a trip to Moscow contain extensive travel for the Citizens, but they would also share turf with a side containing a number of elite footballers such as dead-ball specialist Keisuke Honda, reliable shot-stopper Igor Akinfeev and fine forward Alan Dzagoev.
While respectful of all their group opponents, Begiristain believes City have accrued enough experience at the highest echelons of club football, have made substantial improvements to the first-team and have recruited such a strong manager that they should be confident of progressing through to the knockout stage next year.
'We have to be respectful of all the clubs,' said Begiristain to Sky Sports News. 'They are champions of the Russian league and have good players but we have a lot of confidence. We have improved the team, have a new manager and have enough experience of the Champions League to be strong in the tournament.'
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