Fernandinho: Barcelona worried about Manchester City

Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho believes his side gave the Spanish champions a scare in their 2-0 first leg defeat in the last sixteen of the Champions League last month.

The Citizens will travel to the Camp Nou for the second leg this month hoping to overturn the two-goal deficit suffered in the first leg after City were reduced to ten men when Martin Demichelis was dismissed by the referee.

Following the game, City captain Vincent Kompany had stated the Catalans were ‘there for the taking’ which brought former Manchester Unite captain, ITV pundit Roy Keane to claim the Belgian enforcer didn’t know what he was talking about.

However, his teammate Fernandinho believes not only that City ‘rattled’ Barcelona but that they can go out and get a result in Catalonia.

"We had them worried. We managed to put them under pressure and there were situations in which the Barcelona guys didn't feel confident to try to use their passing game. They were rattling the ball to where their noses were pointing. We rattled them," explained the Brazilian.

The clash will see City star midfielder Yaya Toure return to the Camp Nou to face his former club on home turf – the Ivorian midfielder signed from Barcelona for £24 million in the summer of 2010 after three years with the Spanish giants in La Liga.

Fernandinho believes it will be an interesting night, not only for his teammate, but for City who intend to give last term’s Champions League semi-finalists more than a thing or two to worry about.

"It will be a special match for Yaya but he never made a big deal out of it. He moved on to a new challenge, just like of all of us who joined City. We have something special going on here and the players know it," he added.

“We do have to envisage pushing Barcelona to the limit because this will also give the club the belief that we are getting mileage at this tournament. And a win can help us get into a better pot in next year's draw to say the least."

City will need to score two away goals to level the tie but as the team who has scored the most goals by this point that any other team in Premier League history, you can be sure they have the firepower to give it a go.

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