Manchester City will face FC Barcelona in a crunch UEFA Champions League at the Etihad Stadium on Nov. 1, 2016. The English team was thrashed two weeks ago by the Spanish giants, but a recent resurgence in form should be enough to galvanize them for this clash.
The English, who are unbeaten at the Etihad this season, would need a victory today if they are to entertain any hope of finishing the group as the leaders.
Barcelona currently lead the group with a perfect tally of nine points out of three games. Whereas Manchester City is a point ahead of the German side, Monchengladbach, who have three points.
The top two teams from the group would go on to play in the next stage of the Champions League while third placed team would have to contend with a place in Europe’s second-tier competition, the Europa Cup.
Regarding fitness, Manchester City appears to be better equipped as they should welcome back their captain and talisman, Pablo Zabaleta, who is returning from an injury. However, the regular right back, Bacary Sagna, is still going to be an absentee for Manchester City, with Gael Clichy as his likely replacement.
Barcelona, for their part, has a string of injury worries in their defensive positions. Gerard Pique and Jordi Alba are on the treatment table while Jeremy Mathieu is serving a one-match suspension. To make matters worse for the Catalan giants, Andres Iniesta, who has not traveled with the team to England owing to a hamstring problem.
Having said that, Manchester City has been winless in the encounters between the two clubs since February 2014. It remains to be seen if Manchester City is going to have the fire power tonight to overcome their past demons and make Barcelona taste defeat for the first time this season.
Written by Hemanshu Mishra
Edited by Cathy Milne
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