Paris Saint Germain manager Laurent Blanc has hailed Manchester City as a quality team and says the English side has better quality than his own squad.
Speaking ahead of their quarterfinal first leg clash at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday, Blanc said they will be up against a team that has got more overall quality than his own side.
“We’ll be up against a team with quality and quality in depth – their squad overall has much more quality than ours. These will be two difficult and delicate games,” he said.
Blanc, a former Manchester United defender, also spoke of his time as a player, and says both the city of Manchester and Manchester City have gone through some transformation from his time there.
“I have excellent memories of Manchester from when I was playing for Manchester United. We used to drive by the City training ground on the way to ours, but I think it’s no longer there.
“The city itself has transformed a lot. It used to be very post-industrial, but it has flourished into quite a charming place now. On the sporting front, City are reducing their deficit to United and becoming a great club again – let’s not forget they were strong in the 1970s.
“They say experience can make the difference in ties such as this and that every detail counts. After the draw, some were relieved and said it was a good one for us as we avoided the two giants, Barcelona and Bayern. I strongly warned my players not to listen to that. Those who say that don’t understand anything about football.”