Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany says he’s relishing coming up against Barcelona in the second round of the Champions League this week, and is confident the Sky Blues can pull of a European shock against the La Liga giants, reports Sky
The Premier League holders host Barcelona at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday, with a place in the quarter-finals at stake. Manchester city are the underdogs to come away with an aggregate win over the two legs, but Manuel Pellegrino’s men have beaten the likes of AS Roma and Bayern Munich in the group stages this season, so they can stand up to Europe’s finest.
City’s recent form is a considerable improvement too, with the title-chasers having beaten Stoke City 4-1 and Newcastle 5-0 in their last two Premier League games. They will be full of confidence of getting a result against the Spaniards, given Barcelona have been anything but invincible this season. Luis Enrique’s men recently lost at home to Malaga, and have been beaten four times in the league, which is more than City.
They will boast an attacking lineup of Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Neymar, but Kompany isn’t scored of the challenge.
The next game is a massive one. If you have a good day it can be a special night. We have to prepare and I think everyone is ready for it. We don’t fear them. You don’t go in at this level fearing strikers. We want to play against them. There’s nothing new to worry us, it’s a case of having the whole team at a very high level,” he said.
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