Manchester City and Barcelona will engage in what is expected to be one of the most attacking-focused match-ups in the knockout stage of the Champions League as the two teams were paired with each other at a ceremony in Nyon, Switzerland, earlier today, Monday, December 16.
Director of football Txiki Begiristain, who occupied the same position at Barcelona prior to his installment at the Etihad Stadium, won the European Cup in it's erstwhile format for the Catalan club in the 1992 season.
While, on-paper, the draw may appear daunting, Begiristain did concede that the tie would be 'very tough' but added that City can be very confident due to their free-scoring form. He told Sky Sports: 'It is very tough, very tough no? Very tough, I mean we are happy because we are here and can fight for a trophy but at the end it is a very wonderful draw, two big teams with one with a big history.
'I think we have to see it for the people, it will be a great match.'
Manchester City have defeated a number of big teams this season, often by extraordinary scorelines such as a 4-1 victory over Manchester United, a 6-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur, a recent 6-3 rout against Arsenal and, in Europe, a 3-2 triumph over Bayern Munich struck away from home.
'We have a lot of confidence especially as the last team we played in Europe, in Munich, we beat. We take confidence at home and away. The way we are playing we have shown we can score in all matches and this is important in [the Champions League].
'We scored in Munich and just because we play Barcelona who are champions many times [there] is no reason [why] we cannot do it.'
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