Spanish fans believe Manchester City can KO Barcelona

Camp Nou

In a poll conducted by Marca, the majority of the voters still believe that Manchester City can eliminate the Catalans from the Champions League.

Despite holding a 2-0 advantage going into the second-leg at the Nou Camp, Spanish fans still believe that Manchester City can emerge victorious from the tie.

Barcelona originally did the presumed ‘hard work’ at the Etihad stadium, as goals from Lionel Messi and Dani Alves gave the Catalans a huge advantage going into Wednesday’s second-leg clash.

Over in Spain however, they aren’t feeling as confident and their relatively poor form in 2014 has prompted their air of invincibility to disappear.

The writing has been on the wall for the Catalans for a while, as superb early-season results often overshadowed their lack of domination on the field.

Since the turn of the year, they followed up an uninspiring 0-0 draw at Atletico Madrid with a disappointing draw at Levante. Barca still topped the league at the time, but a run of three La Liga defeats in six matches – a run which hasn’t occurred since the days of Frank Rijkaard – has seen them drop to third, four points behind league leaders Real Madrid.

Is Jose Mourinho correct? Is this the worst Barcelona team in a long time? One thing for certain is the supporters no longer see their side as invincible, and at times the Nou Camp has been well-short of full capacity – proving that this current side doesn't have the pull of Pep Guardiola’s magnificent team.

According to the poll results from Marca, 61% believe a Manchester City comeback is possible – had this question been posed three years ago, surely that figure would look a lot different.

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