Giant-killers Viktoria Pilsen set sights on Manchester City in Champions League
Czech champions Viktoria Pilsen are looking to add Manchester City to their collection of beaten giants when they clash in their Champions League group D opener today.
Pilsen beat Atletico Madrid in the Europa League group stage last season before sweeping aside Napoli in the last 32.
Now they are hungry for more, but are aware City may be a tougher challenge.
"They're an English team, playing more physical football," said defender David Limbersky. "They have a number of players from abroad and their quality is immense, but we believe in our own strength and maybe Manchester will underestimate us." Big-spending City, sitting fourth in the Premier League with seven points from four games, owe their fans a Champions League success after failing to get past the group stage in the last two seasons.
City striker Stevan Jovetic, acquired from Fiorentina, said: "Now we have two years of experience. We have an even stronger team and hope to go through."
City manager Manuel Pellegrini bemoaned injuries plaguing his defence after his team were held to a goalless draw at Stoke City on Saturday.
"We have four of five injured players that are important. From the back four, Micah Richards, Vincent Kompany and Gael Clichy are out, and David Silva is out as well," he said.
His Pilsen counterpart Pavel Vrba has similar problems when it comes to defence.
Pilsen missed injured Slovak stalwart Marian Cisovsky and right-back Radim Reznik in Friday's 1-1 draw at Slovan Liberec while Cisovsky's replacement Lukas Hejda limped off during the game.
"We definitely want to get ready for Manchester, and we want to succeed," Vrba said