Manchester City on guard for Barcelona baptism

While Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino has the rare luxury of a fully fit squad to choose from, Manchester City has had a burst of good matches in the recent past and will look to maintain momentum.

updated: February 17, 2014 09:29 IST
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London: Barcelona appear to have hit form with ominous timing for Champions League knockout-phase debutants Manchester City ahead of Tuesday's last 16 first leg between the sides at the Etihad Stadium.

After a run of one win in four Liga games, including a rare home defeat against Valencia, the Catalan giants have won their last two matches in emphatic style, scoring 10 goals in the process.

Following a 4-1 success at Sevilla last weekend, Saturday's 6-0 demolition of Rayo Vallecano further strengthened their position at the top of the table on goal difference from Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid.

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