Andrés Iniesta: We'll need 200% concentration against Manchester City

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Barcelona midfielder Andrés Iniesta insists all thoughts are on Manchester City, rather than the Clásico against Real Madrid.

It's a key week for Barcelona in both La Liga and the Champions Leauge, with Wednesday night's second leg against Manchester City to resolve, followed by an eagerly anticipated Clásico with Real Madrid next Sunday.

Appearing alongside manager Luis Enrique at the preview press conference on Tuesday, midfielder Andrés iniesta underlined that in the midst of such a pivotal week for Barcelona, all thoughts are first on Manchester City and securing their passage to the quarter-finals of the Champions League. Only after the final whistle of Wednesday's encounter, will focus then turn back to La Liga and the Clásico with Real Madrid at the Camp Nou.

All eyes on Manchester City, not the Clásico.

"We have an important match against a direct rival on Sunday, but we're not thinking beyond the game on Wednesday. All our focus is on is on this duel with Manchester City, because they can be a very dangerous side. We have a good result from the first-leg, but this is the Champions League, this is City we're facing, who have players capable of turning things around, so we must interpret the game the same way we did there."

A draw will be enough, but there'll be no complacency.

"We'll settle for a draw, because it would put us through to the next round, but we'll be going out there to win as always, because that's how we'll guarantee our passage to the quarter-finals."

Barcelona being strong favourites against Manchester City and Real Madrid.

"We don't feel like favourites, just that we're in good shape and with confidence to confront these two very important games. We're facing two very dangerous rivals and the ways we'll deal with them are different. We have the score in our favour for tomorrow's game with City, but on Sunday it'll be completely unpredictable, just like all Clásicos."

Threats posed by Manchester City.

"City present a lot of danger in all facets of their play and they're a side who have everything, particularly offensively, where they have players who can decide a game in a moment. At all levels of our own play, we must have 200% concentration.

"We can't think that with the 2-1 result away we achieved, our job is half done. We need to keep the ball and make them run. We shouldn't let the result in Manchester condition this game. We have to take the initiative, try and win this game, make the most of our chances and from there, see what happens, although the risks we'll take aren't the same as the first-leg.

"It's very difficult to predict what might happen. One move can change the tie. We'll need to have a very complete game, control possession and minimise their potential. If we don't fulfil those aims, City will achieve theirs."

Return of Yaya Toure for Manchester City.

"Having Toure makes them all the more dangerous. He's a very complete player. His physical power adds to his quality and makes City much stronger with his presence in the side. We'll be trying to minimise his impact and ensure those of each of our players is superior. That way, we'll have better options."

Absence of Sergio Busquets for Barcelona.

"His quality makes him a crucial player for us, with his positional awareness and his intelligence, but when he's not available, we have quality players to replace him."

British press highlighting Lionel Messi penalty miss.

"Having Leo in our side is always an advantage. He's one of those rare players who can win a game on his own. Hopefully he keeps going like that, because he's a guarantee for us."

Current form of Manchester City.

"Anything can happen through the course of a season. I don't know what's going on there, but from a distance it doesn't alter my perception of City. They look very solid, with quality in their ranks and they remain a complicated side to beat. All that makes them very dangerous opponents."

Champions League, La Liga, Copa del Rey treble possibilities.

"I have the same sensations as the rest of our squad. We're in very good form and we have been for a while now. Now the most exciting and difficult time of the season is upon us, so all our senses must be even more focused on what we're playing for.

"Tomorrow we'll need to have a good game to get ourselves through to the quarter-finals. In the Champions League we have to think every detail is important. We're on the right track to achieving our objectives."

"Winning the treble? We know that if we keep going the way we are, we have possibilities of fighting for everything. Nothing is guaranteed though, we have to keep fighting."

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