Manchester City against Barcelona. Champions League round of 16. Again. Wilfried Bony could make his first start for Manchester City after coming off the bench during their victory over Newcastle on Saturday.
Manuel Pellegrini says his Manchester City side is better prepared to face Barcelona than they were at this stage of the competition last season
Yaya Toure will serve his final game of suspension after being sent off against CSKA Moscow in the group stage.
While Barcelona may not be the all-conquering force they have been for much of that period, their form has been significantly improved of late from the start of the year. A 1-0 defeat to Real Sociedad sparked backroom changes and strong rumors of unrest between coach Luis Enrique and star man Lionel Messi.
But Barcelona then went on an 11-game winning run, before it ended with a 1-0 defeat to Malaga on Saturday, with Messi and Neymar in sensational form and Luis Suarez starting to find his feet. Yet despite all the star talent in the opposition’s ranks, Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri is adamant that this time around his side won’t be overly respectful on the pitch
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.
Date: Tuesday, February 24
Time: 7:45 p.m. GMT/2:45 p.m ET
Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England
TV Info: ITV1 (UK only)/Fox Soccer Plus (USA only)
Live Stream: ITV Player (UK only)/Fox Soccer 2 Go (USA only)