Dynamo Kyiv is the next opponent on Manchester City’s route to the UEFA Champions League, and Wednesday’s first leg in Ukraine will be a tricky one.
But City is wary of the challenge presented by its opponents despite many considering the Premier League side to be a heavy favorite.
City goalkeeper Joe Hart says the club’s fortunes are high regardless of opponents, and that their side can tangle with anyone. He also expects a stiff challenge.
“We’ve got to believe that],” he declared. “Else there is no point in turning up on Wednesday. We’ve got to believe that we’ve got what it takes. You know, it’s the best of the best, and if you’re not at your best you will lose, simple as that, in this competition. So it’s all about peaking for the game and being in the right place at the right time.
A little bit of luck is often required in a big tournament run. Stingy Dynamo will pose a tough test, especially given travel, but perhaps drawing the Ukrainian side instead of a superpower is the next step for Hart’s club.