UEFA Champions League: Manchester City takes on Barcelona today

UEFA Champions League: Manchester City takes on Barcelona today

Fola Akintomide

Manchester City are hoping history will not repeat itself when they host Barcelona in the Champions League on Tuesday.

The fixture is a repeat of the tie at the same stage of the competition last season, when the Catalan giants came out on top with a 4-1 victory on aggregate.

Martin Demichelis will be hoping to get the chance to make amends for last season, when he was sent off in the first-leg for bringing down Lionel Messi in the area. The Barca player converted the resulting spot-kick before Dani Alves struck to put the tie beyond doubt before the return leg.

It was a mixed weekend for the two sides heading into the midweek fixture. Manuel Pellegrini’s side thumped Newcastle 5-0 on Saturday to close the gap on Premier League leaders Chelsea to five points.

Barcelona saw an 11-game winning run come to an abrupt end after being beaten by Malaga at home, a result which saw them fall four points behind Real Madrid at the top of La Liga.

Team news

Wilfried Bony could make his first start for Manchester City after coming off the bench during their victory over Newcastle on Saturday.

Yaya Toure will serve his final game of suspension after being sent off against CSKA Moscow in the group stage.

Luis Suarez is in line to play his first Champions League match since departing Liverpool for Barcelona at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

Luis Enrique has nearly a full squad of players to pick from against Manchester City, but Thomas Vermaelen is still missing through injury.

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Last season was the first time Manchester City and Barcelona ever met in European competition.

Manchester City have only kept one clean sheet in 13 home Champions League games (2-0 v Bayern Munich, December 2011).

Barcelona have made it to the knockout stages of the Champions League for the 11th consecutive campaign. They have made it to at least to the quarter finals in the last seven seasons.

In the last seven Champions League knockout encounters with English clubs, Barcelona have prevailed six times, the only exception being the semi-final against Chelsea in 2011/12 when they lost 3-2 on aggregate.

Barcelona have completed 90% of their passes, the highest ratio in the Champions League this season.

Lionel Messi has netted in each of his last five games. He’s never managed it six games running.

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