Luis Suarez believes that Barcelona can exploit Manchester City's 'weakness' in defence when they meet in the Champions League.
The two teams go head to head at the Etihad Stadium as the last 16 of the Champions League gets under way this evening. Manchester City go into the game on the back of a 5-0 victory against Newcastle over the weekend while Barcelona stumbled to a 1-0 defeat against Malaga.
Barcelona also head into the tie under a cloud of controversy after Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique were spotted emerging from a casino just hours before their flight to Manchester.
Despite that Suarez, who joined Barcelona for a reported fee of £75 million over the summer, is confident of getting a result, and while he was keen to praise Manchester City's array of attacking talent he believes that the Catalan club can expose their opponents' frailties at the back.
"I think Manchester City are one of the candidates to win the Champions League," the former Liverpool ace told Uefa's official website. "People may doubt it due to the recent spell they went through, but it's Manchester City.
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"They are the defending Premier League champions and they have world-class players in their ranks. They will fight for it until the end.
"We know Manchester City's qualities and the power they have in midfield and up front, but we also know their weaknesses from midfield to defence, and that is what we will have to take advantage of.
"They have really good players and they have really good quality with the ball. But we are Barcelona, we know our quality and we know what we can do against City."
Manchester City certainly seem to be underdogs heading into the clash having never made it beyond the last 16 of the Champions League in their history. The pair met at the same stage last season; Barcelona pulled off a 4-1 aggregate win, with Lionel Messi and Dani Alves bagging a brace each across the two legs.
Although Barcelona stumbled to defeat at the weekend they have been in scintillating form of late having won their previous 11 encounters and will likely be too hot for Manchester City to handle.
"I think tomorrow we will see the real Barcelona here trying to continue in the Champions League," Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini said yesterday.
"I said also last week it was important for our team to focus our minds just in Newcastle and to think on Tuesday. Maybe they didn't the same and thought they would beat Malaga in the same way but before that, they were playing very well and tomorrow I expect to find that Barcelona."
The Citizens will be without Yaya Toure who is suspended but James Milner is fit to start, while Wilfried Bony could make his first Champions League appearance for the club.
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