UEFA CL: Pochettino on facing Manchester City
Spurs, who eliminated Bundesliga side Borrusia Dortmund in the round of 16 were drawn to Pep Guardiola's men in the quarter-finals. However, the Argentine admitted he would have preferred to avoid another team from England, but says the new stadium can be their secret weapon in the upcoming Champions League tie.
"Any of the four English teams would have preferred not to face another of the Premier, but the draw is what it is, he said, as reported by Mundo Deportivo.
"The City is a team that has the obligation to win, but not only since the arrival of Pep with [Roberto] Mancini and with [Manuel] Pellegrini also. And we are going to compete with the incentive of launching our new stadium against them and playing against 62,000 people who are going to transmit special energy."
"Playing the final against Barça? Where do I have to sign? He has players of the highest level, Leo Messi, who is a genius, the best in the world, and Valverde is doing a great job, although there are teams like City or Juventus that are also going to have options because they are also built to win these types of competitions."
"It is a team that, in recent years, is built to win big things, of course, they have quality, although it seems to me that Barcelona is a step or a step above."