Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas has urged his teammates not to go into the game against Manchester City expecting a positive result, according to the Daily Mail.
The Spanish midfielder spoke of Manuel Pellegrini's side being "compete, balanced and competitive" having watched them over the course of the season thus far. City finished level on points with German champions Bayern Munich in their group, after coming from two goals behind at the Allianz Arena to win 3-2.
The Citizens have been banging goals in left, right and centre in all competitions, scoring 18 goals in their 6 group stage fixtures. However, they conceded more than Munich and so finished behind Pep Guardiola's side.
Barcelona and City have never met each other before, leaving many pundits sceptical about which way this result could go. Barcelona often put two or more goals past their opponents this Champions League group stage, and are familiar with success in the competition. With Lionel Messi expected to return to the side for the knockout phases, City fans will feel the nerves when they host Barcelona at the Etihad Stadium.
Fabregas spoke about the Premier League opponents ability to play positive and aggressive attacking football, and admits they have plenty of options in attack.
"They can break from very deep with Yaya Toure as their leader and their leader and they have players who can change games such as Nasri, David Silva and Jesus Navas," he said.
"Barcelona always start as favourites in these games but we will have to be very aggressive right from the start. It will be important to have control of the game so they don't know how to attack us."
No doubt the both fixtures for these two giant clubs will give the world one of the best displays of attacking football this season.
The likes of Messi, Neymar, Aguero, Negredo, Navas, Iniesta, Fabregas all on the same pitch - neutrals will be in awe of the talent displayed on the night.
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