Barcelona confident ahead of City clash as former Gunner makes 96 successful passes

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Cesc Fabregas made 96 successful passes in Barcelona's 6-0 win over Rayo Vallecano.

That gave the former Arsenal man a pass success rate of 88%, with only three Manchester City players making a higher number of accurate passes this season: Yaya Toure (110 v Norwich & 97 v Newcastle), Matija Nastasic (100 v Crystal Palace) and Javi Garcia (98 v Crystal Palace).

And that is just one of the reasons why some of Barcelona's star men are in bullish mood ahead of their Champions League last 16 first-leg clash with City.

Carlos Puyol, for instance, says he doesn't fear Manuel Pellegrini's side and claims confidence is high within the Barca dressing room.

"The team played a great game against a team that came to the Camp Nou to play football – that forces you to be constantly intense,” he told the club's official website.

"The best part of the season is here. We played well, just as we did against Real Sociedad – we’re confident coming into Tuesday’s game.

"We’re going up against a very good team, with fantastic players, but we’re on form and I think both teams have the same chances of going through.”

Meanwhile, midfielder Xavi has been speaking about Lionel Messi's capabilities - and says he does not need to win the World Cup to prove he is the greatest footballer in history.

"Leo doesn't need to win the World Cup to be considered the best player ever," the Spain international toldThe Sun.

"I say that for those who demand he wins the World Cup to be considered the greatest ever in history.

"He's decisive in every game he's played in for six or seven years."

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