The Champions League is back and Manchester City prepare ahead of tomorrow evening’s eagerly-awaited clash with Barcelona, which will take place in the Etihad Stadium.
Arguably, this match will be one of the biggest fixtures in this season’s competition because of a range of talented players such as Lionel Messi, Xavi and Iniesta playing against opposition with players such as Jesus Navas, David Silva and Alvaro Negredo.
However, Sergio Aguero is still out of action following his injury. On top of all the star studded players which will be against each other tomorrow evening, it will be the first time Yaya Toure plays against his former club Barcelona since his departure in 2010.
Manchester City’s Argentinian full back Pablo Zabaleta has told Sky Sports that he is ready to face the Spanish giants. He also admits the Barcelona game will show how much The Citizens have progressed.
“We know how important it is to win big games and of course, it’s a big challenge for us because when you play against the best, you see where you are,” said Zabaleta.
Meanwhile, former Manchester United defender Gerard Pique has issued a warning to Champions League opponents Manchester City.
Pique is looking forward to returning to England and says Barcelona are not only reliant on Lionel Messi as they have quality players across the pitch in Neymar, Pedro and Alexis Sanchez.
The defender was full of praise for Brazilian sensation Neymar.
Pique told the Daily Telegraph: “Neymar’s really young, he’s got a lot of hunger to show to the world that he is right for Barcelona and that he’s one of the best players in the word.”
“His quality, his skills, his goals, have added a lot to the team and at the same time maybe he takes a little bit of the focus,” added Pique.
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has expereince playing against Barcelona. The Chilean previously managed Malaga and Real Madrid.
Whilst the players prepare, they were still full of praise for their opponents. But only time will tell who, if any, will go on to clinch a victory in tomorrow’s clash.