Barcelona vs Manchester City Betting TipsJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
Barcelona vs Manchester City | Wednesday 18 March, 2015 | Camp Nou | 19.45
Manchester City travel to Camp Nou on Wednesday in the hopes of turning around their 2-1 deficit from the dismal first leg performance against Barcelona.
City have their work cut out for them as they fight for a spot in the Champions League quarter finals. The Citizens were beaten 1-0 away to Burnley at the weekend, registering their third loss in four games, a run which started with their home loss to Barcelona three weeks ago.
Manuel Pellegrini’s men will have a tough time at Camp Nou, where English teams have won just once in 28 visits.
Pablo Zabaleta, however, insists that his club stand a chance against the Liga leaders, commenting, “We are going to play against one of the best teams in the world. It’s not going to be easy, but nothing is impossible in football.
“You have to be ready for these moments. Things can change on games like this. You just have to move on to the next game and try to win it. That’s what football is.
“It’s good that the game [follows their last clash by] just three days. We need to recover well, go to Barcelona and see what we can do. Hopefully we can do it.”
In the first leg tie between City and Barcelona the hosts fell behind after two goals from Luis Suarez. Sergio Aguero was able to find the net once but Gael Clichy was sent off soon after, and City couldn’t do enough to even the score at the Etihad.
“You can talk about tactics and technique but if you go a man down against Barcelona, you’re put in a terrible position,” Pellegrini said. “It is not a disgrace to get knocked out by them.
“Their squad, if it is not the best in the world, it is the second best. No other team can put together Leo Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez but I want to play them with 11 and if they knock us out then let that be because they were better than us.”
The clash with City is just one of two crucial games with week for Barcelona, who face El Clasico rivals Real Madrid four days later.
Coach Luis Enrique seemed unperturbed by the big week ahead, stating, “We’re going into the Clasico as leaders and in perfect form. But first we have to focus on City because qualification is at stake. Then we’ll see what happens at the weekend.”
Andres Iniesta is confident that Barcelona will win, but knows it won’t be a walk in the park.
“We need to have lots of possession so they suffer, so they are chasing the ball,” he said.
“They’re very dangerous because of their players – in just one minute they can turn the result upside down so at all levels we need to concentrate.
“This is what we are going to do – we are not going to make the mistake of thinking the first result of 2-1 means there are going to be guarantees. We need to make them run.
“City are a more dangerous team with Yaya,” he added. “He’s a complete player. He is physically strong and improves City when he plays.”
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