Barcelona will be worried to face Man City: Pellegrini

Published: Dec 17, 2013, 01:16 IST | AFP

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini does not believe facing Barcelona is the fearsome prospect it once was. City have been handed a testing tie against the Catalan giants in the Last 16 of the Champions League.

Pellegrini’s men might have avoided such a big clash had they not misunderstood the group stage goal difference rules last week.

Manuel Pellegrini
Manuel Pellegrini

City beat Bayern Munich 3-2 but Pellegrini failed to realise that victory by one more goal would have secured top spot in their group and a theoretically more favourable draw.

Yet simply after beating the European champions, and then scoring six past Barclays Premier League leaders Arsenal, Pellegrini is confident enough after the draw.

He said: “I think they will be very concerned also. Barcelona is not the team it was two years ago. I think it is a beautiful game with two very good teams.” 

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