Manchester City's James Milner expecting Barcelona in Champions League

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James Milner believes Manchester City are destined to draw La Liga giants Barcelona in the last-16 of the Champions League.

Manchester City, given their struggles to get through the group stage, are just happy to be part of Monday’s draw for the last-16 of the Champions League.

They are, however, aware that things are not about to get any easier.

Finishing second behind Bayern Munich means Manuel Pellegrini’s men are destined to face a European heavyweight that topped their respective standings.

Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Monaco, Borussia Dortmund and Porto are all in the mix and would provide stern tests of City’s continental credentials.

England midfielder James Milner insists the Premier League champions fear no-one, but also believes that their wretched luck in Europe means it is almost guaranteed that they will be handed a reunion with Barca – 12 months on from falling to the La Liga giants at the same stage of the competition.

He said in the Daily Star: "The more games you play in the competition and the more games you play as a team, you're only going to get better and it's only going to help you going forward.

"There's Champions League experience in the squad that lets you feel more at home in the competition.

"The draws haven't been too kind to us, but whatever you get thrown at you, you have to deal with that.

"We managed to do the job (in the group stages) and this is a team and a club that needs to go deep into the competition and we're capable of doing that.

"We seem to get the same team year on year. I'm guessing we'll get Barcelona again. They're all top teams at this stage and we'll see what the draw throws up. But we know we can beat anyone on our day and are good enough to do that.

"We've beaten Bayern home and away now and they've been one of the best teams in Europe over the past five years. We know we can do it, it's about proving it time and again."

City were beaten home and away by Barcelona in 2013/14, with Lionel Messi and Dani Alves netting two goals apiece in a 4-1 aggregate success for the Catalan outfit.

The opportunity to exact revenge would be welcomed by the men from the Etihad Stadium, but they will secretly be hoping that they are paired with either Monaco or Porto.

Club owner Sheikh Mansour has invested heavily in an effort to challenge for major honours and will be desperate to see City make their mark in Europe’s premier club competition.

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