Steaua Bucharest chief vows to destroy Pep Guardiola's hopes of reaching Champions League

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  • Owner Gigi Becali insists his side will destroy Manchester City in play-off
  • Steaua Bucharest play City for place in Champions League group stage
  • Romanian owner said: ‘We have killers in the team. We’ll destroy City.’ 

Chris Wheeler for the Daily Mail

The outspoken owner of Manchester City’s Champions League play-off opponents has threatened to ‘destroy’ Pep Guardiola’s hopes of reaching the group stage.

City were paired with Steaua Bucharest in yesterday’s draw in Nyon, avoiding more dangerous teams such as Roma and Monaco. 

But the Romanian club’s owner Gigi Becali warned that Steaua’s star players Adrian Popa, Jugurtha Hamroun and Nicolae Stanciu — who has been linked with Chelsea — have the potential to surprise City. 

Steaua Bucharest owner Gigi Becali believes his team will destroy Manchester City

Steaua Bucharest owner Gigi Becali believes his team will destroy Manchester City

The Romanian owner is confident his men will stop City from reaching the group stage

The Romanian owner is confident his men will stop City from reaching the group stage

‘As time goes by, I gain confidence,’ said Becali. ‘We’re not giving up, we won’t be killed. 

‘We have killers in the team. We’ll destroy City. Then I’ll sell Stanciu. If Stanciu scores against City, his price is €15million!’

City’s director of football Txiki Begiristain said: ‘Steaua are trying to get their European level back. This kind of game is always difficult.’

Pep Guardiola suffered Champions League defeat at the semi-final stage four seasons running

Pep Guardiola suffered Champions League defeat at the semi-final stage four seasons running

The former Barcelona manager won the Champions league in 2009 and 2001 

The former Barcelona manager won the Champions league in 2009 and 2001 

Pep Guardiola has won the Champions League twice as a manager, both times with Barcelona. 

In the past four seasons he hasn’t faired as well with his team’s suffering defeat at the semi-final stage. 

Steaua also have European pedigree, having won the European Cup in 1986 and finished second in 1989.

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