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Aris Thessaloniki pose Manchester City threat

Manchester City insist they will be on their guard against Aris Thessaloniki in the first knock-out round of the Europa League knowing the Greek side have already accounted for the trophy's holders.

Aris are only sixth in the Greek league, but they beat Atletico Madrid home and away in the group phase.

City's football administrator Brian Marwood said: “They have an extremely experienced coach in Hector Cuper, he did a good job at Valencia and Inter Milan, so these will be two games we will be taking extremely seriously.

“Beating the current holders twice in the group stages is no mean feat and we will not be underestimating them.”

Cuper, from Argentina, is vastly experienced and like City boss Roberto Mancini once managed Inter Milan.

Marwood added: “It's two former Inter Milan coaches going head-to-head and I'm looking forward to it.

“With the preparation time we have we feel we're in a very strong position in terms of the squad that we have.”

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