Tottenham Hotspur legend Glenn Hoddle has told Sky Sports that Manchester City will have to be “more savvy” against Barcelona tonight.
Defending English champions City are in Spain for the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against Barcelona.
The Premier League giants are trailing 2-1 from the first leg played at the Etihad Stadium last month.
Barcelona will be huge favourites to progress to the quarter-finals from this tie, but former Tottenham boss Hoddle has some sound advice for City.
“What they've got to do is play more savvy and get runners from midfield, but I wouldn't be surprised if they go with two up front,” the 57-year-old told Sky Sports.
"At some stage, they are going to have to go for it and I fear they might get a hammering if they do and when they do, whether it's from the start or at some stage. I think Barca are just too good for them whatever shape they play.”
Can Manchester City stage a comeback?
The chances of City staging a comeback at Camp Nou and advancing to the quarter-finals of the Champions League are very slim.
The odds are against Manuel Pellegrini’s side, and with Barcelona in superb form at the moment, anything other than a home win will be a surprise.
However, if City can score an early goal, then they could make it tougher for the Catalan giants.
The Citizens have some truly brilliant players who can - and should - step up their game against one of the best teams in Europe.
It will be interesting to see the tactics Pellegrini adopts for tonight’s game. In the first leg, the Chilean went with two strikers up front, and it cost them dear.