Manchester City have drawn Martin Jol's Hamburg in the UEFA Cup quarterfinals.
Hamburg will be a step up in class for Mark Hughes' men, who needed penalties to scrape past Aalborg in the last round.
Jol told the club's official website: "Manchester City are a team that for me are among the best six in England.
"They are very strong in every area of the team. I am therefore convinced that we will see two good games. Our goal in the semi-finals."
On drawing Hamburg, City boss Mark Hughes said: "At this stage of the competition, it's always going to be difficult because there are no weak teams in the last eight. I think this is the plum tie to come out of the draw.
"There's the connection with Hamburg with us having Vincent and Nigel here, and we played them in pre-season which should help our preparations," he added on the club's website.
"We are a very different side from then to now, and we can look forward to this with confidence."