Manuel Pellegrini's side face the Spanish champions this evening in the first leg of their last sixteen Champions League clash. Brazil star Neymar who signed for Barcelona in the summer believes his side will have more than enough to swipe aside the former Malaga boss and his team that have scored more goals this term so far than any team in Premier League history at this stage of the season.
City have scored 68 goals home and away in the English top flight but will be missing top scorer Sergio Aguero for the clash at the Etihad through injury. However former Barcelona midfielder and City enforcer Yaya Toure is expected to be available for Pellegrini as well as the striker dubbed 'The Beast' in his time in La Liga former Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo.
Still, Neymar remains unconvinced...
"I have read the things about Manchester City beating Barcelona because of the amount of goals they are scoring in England but I think the reality is that Manchester City are still along way behind Barcelona," he stated.
"They have very good players but we have much more experience in the competition."
Whilst Barcelona may have experience in abundance within their ranks, the same cannot be said of the 22-year-old Brazil international who has made just 6 appearances in the Champions League so far since arriving at the Camp Nou in the summer for £48.6 million from Santos in his homeland.
He has since scored three goals in the Champions League and 7 goals in La Liga for the Spanish champions ahead of the World Cup in Brazil this summer where, if fit, he could star alongside City star Fernandinho who made his £30 million move to the Etihad in the summer.
"We respect them but if we concentrate and play the way we know we can then I think we will progress," he added.
City beat the holders of the Champions League title Bayern Munich 3-2 back in December away at the Allianz Arena to qualify second in Group D. The Bavarians beat their Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund in the final last May after demolishing Barcelona 7-0 over two legs in the semi finals.
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