Manchester City latest: Ex-star hints at Barca shock; Mascherano expecting attack

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It is just over 24 hours until Manchester City take to the Nou Camp pitch and attempt to overturn a two-goal deficit against the reigning La Liga champions. Not exactly an easy proposition, but one that their players certainly have the potential to pull off.

In the pre-match press conference Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano said in quotes later published by Sky Sports, “I think we are going to see Man City go all out attack.

“That is the way they normally play and with the result they’ll need to do that more than ever.”

That could play into Barca’s hands given the outstanding array of counter-attacking talent at their disposal. But Manuel Pellegrini will know that getting the goals is the most vital factor; if there is a fear of conceding, they will never score the goals needed to take them through to the quarter-finals.

In quotes published by the Manchester Evening News, Barca boss Gerardo Martino reflected on a job well done at the Etihad Stadium, but guarded against complacency.

We played a very good match against Manchester City,” he said. “I don’t see why we can’t do the same tomorrow and I’m sure we will play well.

“The best thing is to think it’s still 0-0 to try to win the match.”

And finally, former City player Paolo Wanchope (a blast from the past if ever there was one) has tipped his old side to cause a shock tomorrow night.

He even tipped City to go all the way if they did overcome Barca in the second-leg.

In an interview with Perform later published by FourFourTwo, the former striker said, “They are capable to do it. Plus Barcelona are not playing the best football now.

“I imagine it would be great. If they get through Barcelona I think they can go all the way and win the Champions League.”

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