Nasri can’t wait to face ‘weaker’ Barcelona

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After scoring the decider in Manchester City’s 2-0 win over Chelsea, French international Samir Nasri has told the media he is looking forward to facing an in-form Barcelona side:

"Tuesday is a massive game. Every player wants to play those kind of games - Champions League, last 16, against Barcelona.

"The good thing is we are really strong. We have our confidence back.”

Manchester City responded to two straight blanks against Chelsea and Norwich on Saturday by scoring two excellent goals against a Chelsea side who never looked like getting back into the game.

After being beaten by Chelsea 1-0 in the Premier League, Manchester City had been deposed as title favourites in favour of Chelsea, but Nasri says the response in the Cup was the perfect response:

"We wanted to get revenge and that is what we did, in the perfect way.

"We knew in two weeks' time we would have to play them again and then we would show them our real faces. We did that.

"We showed them how good we are and we don't accept a defeat, especially against a team like this.”

City will be buoyed by such a comfortable result, but wary of a Barcelona side welcoming back Neymar from injury and the return to form of Lionel Messi, who scored twice in the 6-0 win over Real Vallecano the same day. Messi is now La Liga’s highest ever goalscorer for a single club, having surpassed the previous record with his brace on Saturday.

Nasri believes, however that Barcelona are not yet at the levels of the previous side, who the Frenchman faced with Arsenal:

"I think they are weaker than they were two years ago. It's going to be a tight game and an interesting game for everyone."

City will be without Sergio Aguero for the Barcelona tie, while the Catalans will be welcoming back the likes of Carles Puyol and Sergio Busquets, who missed Saturday’s game.

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