Barcelona ace expects tough clash with Manchester City in Champions League

Barcelona and Manchester City are to face off in a repeat of last season’s Champions League last-16 encounter.

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has predicted a ‘complicated’ encounter with Manchester City in their upcoming Champions League clash, Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo report.

The two European giants have been drawn against each other in the Champions League round of 16 knockout stage for the second year running.

Last season, the Catalans edged through 4-1 on aggregate, winning 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium before finishing the job with an entertaining 2-1 win at the Nou Camp three weeks later.

Both teams have changed in personnel and substance since then and some could argue that Luis Enrique’s side have become an even stronger outfit following Luis Suarez’s inclusion in attack.

Pique, however, is refusing to underestimate City and has admitted to reporters that if his side harbour hopes of winning the trophy, they will have to see off the competition’s best teams along the way.

“Last season we came out on top but it cost us a lot. I’m sure the City clash with prove to be a complicated duel, in the Champions League you have to face the best,” he explained.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side’s inclusion in the last 16 looked in doubt for much of the group campaign following a number of disappointing results and a winless run of four matches.

In a rather bizarre final game scenario, the Etihad outfit pulled off a masterful display to dispatch Roma in Italy and secure their place in the next round.

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