Confirmed: Manchester City and Barcelona lineups

City Of Manchester Stadium

Here are the teams as Manchester City host Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League tie.

Manchester City have home advantage for the first leg of their Champions League game against Barcelona and Manuel Pellegrini will more than likely be eager for his team to create a first leg advantage, which gives the side something to protect at the Nou Camp. City have plenty of experience in their team and if they defend well, they have the quality across their team needed to put Barca under a lot of pressure. If they can take their half chances, they’ll have that advantage.

Barca will look to do what they do best and take the sting out of this game early on. There are match winners all over their team, which means multiple threats that City have to try and keep on top of. They have players who know this competition inside out and players who know how to get over the line in games like this against difficult opponents. It’s a chance for Luis Enrique’s team to make a real statement to their main rivals ahead of the later rounds and a chance to show why they should be the favourites to win the competition.

Man City lineup

Starting:

  • Joe Hart
  • Gaël Clichy
  • Martín Demichelis
  • Vincent Kompany
  • Pablo Zabaleta
  • Fernando
  • James Milner
  • Samir Nasri
  • David Silva
  • Sergio Agüero
  • Edin Dzeko

Substitutes: Willy Caballero, Eliaquim Mangala, Bacary Sagna, Fernandinho, Frank Lampard, Jesús Navas, Wilfried Bony.

Barcelona lineup

Starting:

  • Marc-André ter Stegen
  • Jordi Alba
  • Dani Alves
  • Javier Mascherano
  • Gerard Piqué
  • Sergio Busquets
  • Andrés Iniesta
  • Ivan Rakitic
  • Lionel Messi
  • Neymar
  • Luis Suárez

Substitutes: Claudio Bravo, Adriano, Jeremy Mathieu, Rafinha, Sergi Roberto, Xavi, Pedro.

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