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Man City defender Zabaleta not jealous of Dynamo Kiev preparations

Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta is not envious of the preparation time opponents Dynamo Kyiv have been awarded ahead of their Champions League Round of 16 first leg encounter.

City prepare to square off against Dynamo in the first leg of the Champions League Round of 16 at the Olympic Stadium on Wednesday and many feel that the Ukrainian side hold an advantage heading into the clash as they have played only one competitive game since the draw was made back in December, while the Citizens have had to play a whopping 16 matches during the same period.

However, Zabaleta does not necessarily think that the rest enjoyed by Dynamo is necessarily an advantage and has revealed that his side is not thinking about that at all.

The Argentinean said: "It's true that they had a long break, time to have a good rest and recover some of the players who have been injured.

"I'd say we don't need to think about this. They have been preparing the game with a lot of time.

"We know that the Premier League is hard, we have been playing a lot of games in January and February.

"We are coming off so many games. I think, tomorrow, we will probably see a team-sheet with most of the players who were rested last weekend. Physically and mentally we have to be fresh for tomorrow, so we can play at 100 per cent."

Sarad Bade Shrestha
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