Here's All You Need To Know About City's Clash With FC Barcelona Tonight

The Champions League returns...

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Oh no, not this lot again!

I'm afraid so.

The Spanish champions, along with their much-heralded attacking triumvirate of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar, are coming to the Etihad Stadium just a fortnight after dishing out a 4-0 walloping to City at the Nou Camp.

And that wasn't the first time they gave us a footballing lesson, was it? 

Far from it. 

City have faced Barca five times in the past four seasons and have lost every time. 

The aggregate score from the five meetings reads City 2 Barcelona 11.

Crikey. Should we bother turning up tonight then?

Well that's a very defeatist attitude. 

There's no real shame in losing to a Barcelona side on top form. 

In winning the 2015 Champions League, it seemed that manager Luis Enrique was developing a side to rival the legendary Guardiola era but it's fair to say that that level hasn't quite been reached yet.

Despite their undoubted array of talent, they haven't exactly been pulling up trees in the Spanish league this season and lie second behind Real Madrid after 10 games. 

Just days ago they struggled to get past bottom side Granada, only managing to beat them 1-0 thanks to Rafinha's second half goal. 

Maybe tonight's the night. How is the group shaping up? 

City lie in second spot having notched up a win, a draw and a defeat in their opening three games. 

As you can see below, defeat to Barcelona tonight coupled with a Borussia Monchengladbach win over Celtic will certainly see the pressure to qualify for the knockout stage increase going into the final two group games. 

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It's a massive game then. Have we got a clean bill of health?

Reliable right back Pablo Zabaleta is reportedly struggling to be fit while club captain VIncent Kompany is unlikely to be risked after coming off at half time due to tiredness against Manchester United last Wednesday.

Reserve goalkeeper Willy Caballero is set to start between the sticks due to number one Claudio Bravo being suspended after his red card at the Nou Camp. 

Barcelona have a number of headaches as they are without injured captain Andres Iniesta and defenders Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba, Aleix Vidal and Jeremy Mathieu, who was also sent off in their first meeting along with Bravo.

I must say I'm starting to feel confident about this. Is the match on the telly?

Yep. City v Barcelona will be aired tonight on BT Sport 2 with a 7.45 kick off. Enjoy!

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James Fenton

Resident football writer, covering City, United and the rest of what the beautiful game brings to our city. I also moonlight in news, current affairs and emmm... burger reviews.

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