Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo is confident that Manuel Pelligrini will stick to his attacking guns when City face Barca in the Champions League round of 16.

“I do not think the coach will change the system against Barca,” he is quoted as saying in the Manchester Evening News.

“In all of our matches, apart from when we played Bayern on their own pitch, he [Pellegrini] has played with two strikers. We want to win, and score goals to take with us to the Camp Nou where it will be more difficult." 

The player also revealed that his side are not at all daunted by the task at hand, and were rather happy to draw the Catalans. 

Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, Negredo said that his team would rather draw Barca instead of Madrid: “We were happy when the tie came out. Actually, we would now choose Barcelona ahead of Madrid."

"Looking at the history, for the numbers of titles they have, Barcelona is the favourite. It is true that now they are not as good as in previous years but Barca are always Barca and you have to be very careful with them.

"We must have the courage to face them. We have a good squad, quality and anything can happen if we do things right.”

Negredo also conceded that Chelsea were the better team on Monday night, and hopes to fully recover from the shoulder problem than hindered him against the Blues.

City face Norwich this weekend, and Negredo hopes to return to full fitness. 

“I was not 100 per cent,” he admitted. “I tried to give my best, but now I have to recover and pick up the pace." 

“We have to work and forget this game. I think it was not our best game, but it is best to forget it as soon as possible."

“Chelsea were good, more effective and in the end that’s what is most important.”

City will surely need the Spaniard to be at full strength, as Sergio Aguero already faces a lengthy spell out and City are firmly in the title race.

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