Barcelona vs Manchester City confirmed line-ups: Aguero benched while 'MSN' lead hosts

Toby Graves
October 20, 2016

That could put pressure on a defence coming up against an attacking trio of Luis Suarez, Neymar and Zabaleta's Argentina teammate Lionel Messi, who is back after recovering from a three-week injury layoff. The Catalan giants have won all four of their previous encounters with Manchester City in European competition, with Ivan Rakitic scoring the only goal of the game the last time the two teams met at Camp Nou in March 2015. There is nothing that really needs to be said of Lionel Messi as we can expect some magic from the Argentine yet again.

"City didn't get in contact with any Barca players and we didn't make any offers", he told RAC1.

The rumours have been proved to be true now, after Pep Guardiola revealed in a press conference that the club did talk with the 24-year-old goalkeeper and Barcelona for a transfer, but the keeper eventually made a decision to stay at Nou Camp and thus City went on to sign fellow goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.

City's top scorer was a substitute against Everton and it was assumed he was being rested for Barcelona.

I can't see anything other than back to what you know for Enrique in this one. In one of the most entertaining games of that season, Pep's Bayern who played a 3 man defence nearly conceded thrice in the first 30 minutes before Guardiola realised that his defence wasn't able to shut out MSN. "I think Luis Suarez has taken his game to another level since he was at Liverpool". Bacary Sagna was literally taken to school by Marcus Rashford.

Having taken over at City in the summer he remains a footballing idealist and it is nearly universally accepted that he will eschew the type of pragmatism that was on display at Anfield and which so often ruins big occasions.

"It's what happened with Cesc [Fabregas] a few years ago".

Will the prospect of a game against Barcelona change things? At 13 years old I went there to play in the academy and I was promoted to a professional player, the trainer.

"He will be hard to stop, I know that from experience", said City striker Sergio Aguero, Messi's worldwide teammate with Argentina.

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