Samir Nasri wants to make history at Manchester City

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Samir Nasri has called on his Manchester City teammates to make history when they take on Barcelona in the Champions League last 16.

The first leg takes place at the Etihad Stadium tonight, and Nasri has urged his teammates to re-write history by reaching a first ever Champions League quarter final.

Since the arrival of Sheikh Mansour, City have been aiming to become the leading force in world football, but despite two Premier League crowns they've struggled to assert such dominance in Europe.

European glory

City took on Barca at the same stage of the competition last season but found themselves on the wrong end of a 4-1 aggregate scoreline.

Previous attempts to conquer Europe had fallen at the first hurdle, with City failing to progress from the group stage in either of their first two Champions League campaigns.

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After a poor start to this year's group stage, City defied the odds to qualify for the last 16 only to be handed one of the toughest draws of the round for the second successive season.

Now, Nasri is keen go even further, telling BBC Sport: "One of our targets is to try to win Champions League as soon as we can."


Nasri was a key part of the City squad that claimed a first ever Premier League title in 2011/2012 and played a central role in regaining that crown last season.

Now the Frenchman wants to create more history, this time in Europe.

"We have had a lot of success in the Premier League so fans are really passionate," he said. "In the Champions League we need to create our history to have this special relationship with the fans.

"And I think a game like Barcelona can be a big victory between us and the fans in the competition."


Manager Manuel Pellegrini has promised his side will look to attack Barca when they do battle tonight, and Nasri admitted his team lacked aggression when the two sides met last year, saying: "We respected them too much last year.

"We were not experienced enough to compete with a club like this, they know how to
win the Champions League."

However, the former Arsenal man expects things to be different this time round, saying: "It was too much of a big game for us but now we are not going to be scared."

"We want to beat Barcelona because we want to go as far as possible not because of revenge. It is a different game and we are better physically than last year."

Aguero impact

If City are to beat Barcelona, much could depend on the form of two strikers - Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero.Nasri conceded Messi to be one of the top two players in the world, but paid homage to Aguero's ability."Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, they play on a different galaxy. The rest, Suarez and Neymar are the same level as Sergio," he said.

"When 100% fit, it is very difficult to stop Sergio and he is arriving in a good moment.

"Messi will continue being the best player in the world but if we just dedicate three or four players to stop Messi, there are a lot of other good players.

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