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by Paul Abbandonato, The Western Mail

KEVIN KEEGAN last night spelt out a Welsh warning to his Manchester City superstars.
Keegan has told Robbie Fowler and co not to let their guard slip when they come up against TNS in Europe next month.
And even though most pundits are anticipating a Man City blitz, Blues boss Keegan said, "This game has the appeal of a romantic cup upset. We don't want to be the team on the wrong end of a David versus Goliath act."
Keegan said he was treating City's Welsh opponents with the utmost respect.
And he spoke of his delight that the two-legged UEFA Cup tie will be played at what he calls the best two grounds in Britain - the first leg at City's new City of Manchester Stadium, the second at Wales' Millennium Stadium.
Keegan believes the UEFA Cup represents a dream opportunity for his Man City team this season.
But he warned that City couldn't afford to take TNS too lightly. And he has already hauled his players back in for double training sessions every day to make sure they are in tip-top shape for what will be their first competitive fixture of the new campaign.
Keegan said, "It is the first time this club has been in Europe for more than two decades and we've got to make the most of the opportunity.
"TNS are in the UEFA Cup because they finished high enough in the Welsh League to qualify.
"We are in it because of the Fair Play League. But, back door route or not, in it we are - and we've got to make the most of it.
"There are some big teams in the UEFA Cup when you progress further in the competition and we want to be in there with them.
"That is the aim and I am really looking forward to it.
"But first and foremost, we have to get over the opening hurdle of Total Network Solutions in the qualifying round.
"Of course, everyone is saying that we will do that as a matter of routine.
"But I have enough experience of cup football to know that you take absolutely nothing for granted. We must make sure we do not slip up against Welsh opponents who we will give respect to."
"These will be wonderful occasions for the two sets of players."
For the TNS players, more accustomed to humbler abodes, Keegan went on, "What a wonderful opportunity this tie presents for them."
Spelling out how properly he was treating TNS, Keegan went on, "We've got a lot of hard work to do to prepare for the tie.
"We've already started that, having returned to pre-season training last Wednesday.
"Robbie Fowler, for example, has come back from the summer break and he is three pounds over the weight he was at the end of last season.
"Like everyone else, he has got to get fit in time for the first match - but that is what you have pre-season training for.
"By the time we play TNS, we will be flying, I'm confident of that."

14 July 2021
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