Arsène Wenger

City can still pose a threat to Barcelona

Arsene Wenger

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Manchester City were cautious from the start during their first leg defeat to Barcelona in the Champions League last 16, and Manuel Pellegrini's side let Barca have the ball too much at the Etihad.

But when City did have possession, it felt like they could be a real danger to the Spanish side. Had they remained with 11 players, they could maybe have won the match in the second half.

Still, Barcelona have exceptional technical skills, with Cesc Fabregas, Xavi, Abres Iniesta, and Sergio Busquets in midfield. They played safe, and were very smart technically.

Lionel Messi still hasn’t recovered his capacity to make a difference at any point of the game. He hasn’t recovered that final turn of pace he used to have before his injury.

As long as they don’t have Messi performing at his best, Barca might be vulnerable. Certainly, they are vulnerable in defence.

Sergio Aguero will return for City and I believe that City can still qualify. They proved their mettle by winning in Munich during the group stage in December. They are a real offensive power and they have the physical presence to trouble Barca.

I’d say it’s currently 70-30 for Barcelona. But you can’t say that City have no chance.

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