Champions League

Barca keen to win midfield battle

2015-02-24 10:03
Luis Enrique. Photograph: Getty Images.
Luis Enrique. Photograph: Getty Images.

Manchester - Barcelona must put last season's comfortable Champions League win over Manchester City out of their minds when they take on the Premier League side in the last 16 of the latest edition on Tuesday, according to coach Luis Enrique.

Barca had little trouble getting past City at the same stage in 2013-14, winning 2-0 in Manchester and 2-1 in the return at the Nou Camp before falling to La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid in the quarter-finals.

"We must not think about what happened last season but focus on putting on a good performance," Luis Enrique told a news conference at the Etihad Stadium on Monday.

"Tomorrow we will see if the difference between the sides has grown or shrunk, we will see on the pitch," he added.

"The match will depend on where the spaces are, if we can have the ball. The centre of the pitch will be key."

Barca, the 2009 and 2011 winners, are through to the last 16 of Europe's elite club competition for the 11th season in a row, while City are appearing there for only the second time.

Manchester City host Barcelona at the Etihad. The match kicks off on Tuesday at 21:45.

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