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'Dynamo Kiev tie will be difficult for Manchester City'

Manchester City director of football Txiki Begiristain believes his side face a difficult tie against Dynamo Kiev n the last 16 of the Champions League.

City were handed a favourable draw after being paired with Kiev at Monday's in Switzerland having finished top of Group D.

But Begiristain was keen to offer a reminder that the Premier League side remain relative newcomers to elite European competition, despite the considerable resources at their disposal.

"It's never easy, again in this round," he told BT Sport.

"They have shown in the group stage against Chelsea that they have a good side and it is going to be difficult for us.

"We are growing and growing in this competition and we are going to fight.

"We have to be ready to try to improve in this competition."

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The first leg on February 24 will be played behind closed doors in the Ukrainian capital after Uefa punished the club for racist chanting and other rule breaches during the 0-0 draw against Chelsea in October.

City spurned a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 away to CSKA Moscow while playing behind closed doors during the group stages last season but Begiristain does not expect either team to be affected by the empty stands.

"I think they cannot have their supporters, this is what I know, but they are a strong side," he said.

"On the pitch it is 11 against 11 and they can show the people that they are strong and are fighting for something."

Begiristain added: "We are improving and getting experience in the competition. This is important to be one day close to reaching the final."