Champions League preview: Crisis-hit Barcelona host Manchester City

Barcelona have not had the best of form in La Liga and the weight of expectations may hurt them further when they face off against Manchester City.

updated: March 11, 2014 09:28 IST
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Madrid: Barcelona host Manchester City in the second leg of their Champions League last 16 tie on Wednesday desperately in need of a good performance to distract attention from a dreadful start to 2014 on and off the field.

When the Catalans were given the hardest draw open to them in a pairing with City back in December, it was a minor setback on what had until then been a season that had exceeded expectations. (Also read: Control key to Barca's success, says Fabregas)

Despite being hastily appointed just two weeks before the campaign kicked off as Tito Vilanova was unfortunately forced to resign due to on-going health problems, coach Gerardo Martino oversaw Barca's best ever start to a La Liga season.

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