A mouthwatering clash looms large at the Etihad tonight.
Here’s 10 reasons why City won’t beat Barca.
By Gary Smith – @Gstar21986
1. Midfield magic
Barca boast one of the most frightening midfields in world football and, despite critic’s comments, Xavi and Iniesta still have the flair and firepower to propel the Catalan giants towards the last eight.
2. Lack of Champions League experience
Man City may be going great guns in this season’s competition but they have previously struggled in Europe’s top club tournament and their attacking prowess may have run out.
3. Lionel Messi
The little genius has had a tough time this season due to injury however he has shown he is back with a vengeance after breaking Alfredo Di Stefano’s La Liga goal record at the weekend.
This is his cup and his turf.
4. Barca dominate Europe
Barcelona is a name synonymous with football folklore and have won this cup four times – one more and they keep it for good.
City go up against one of Europe’s genuine powerhouses.
5. Foes reunited
Pellegrini will be reunited for the first time with his old adversaries and his record against Barca isn’t great.
Ten losses and 2 draws during his days in Spain’s top flight with his last victory coming in march 2008 as Villareal gaffer make for poor previous.
6. No Kun
City’s own special Argentine is missing and they will sorely miss his attacking prowess and goals.
7. England v Spain
Only Liverpool have beaten Barcelona in the Nou Camp while Chelsea and Arsenal have only managed draws.
Could City really do it?
8. Fortress Camp
Every club will say their stadium is a fortress but for Barcelona and the Nou Camp that is genuinely true.
9. City’s away miseries
The Manchester side’s away days have been up and down and if they are to beat Barca they’ll have to improve quickly on it.
10. Fight on four fronts
Pellegrini’s men are on for an unprecedented quadruple which will take its toll as the season progresses.
With a cup final and quarter-final looming for City can they focus enough to beat the Spanish champions?