Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has stated that this season's Barcelona team are "the worst Barcelona of many, many years," despite Lionel Messi's presence in the team.
Mourinho never hid his feelings about his dislike of Barcelona whilst in charge of fierce rivals, Real Madrid. It remains to be seen whether this is a mind game tactic to add pressure onto Manuel Pelligrini's side or if Mourinho takes pleasure in slating Barcelona.
This is the first time Manchester City have reached the knockout stages of the Champions League, rewarded with a tough task of overcoming the reigning La Liga champions.
The omens look good for City. They have already beaten holders Bayern Munich away from home and have only lost twice at home this season, against Bayern Munich and Chelsea, scoring 52 goals at home in the Premier League and Champions League.
Gerard Pique reckons that Barcelona have lost the fear factor that they one had. The Champions League winners in 2009 and 2011 have had two managerial chances since they last won the trophy.
Pique said: "Maybe they don't fear us as before because in the last two years we didn't win the Champions League.
All we can do is play on the pitch and show the world that we can still be the best and try and play a great game against a great team like Manchester City."
Barcelona have reached the semi finals of the last six season of the tournament and Barcelona boss, Gerardo Martino, says that the fans expect the same this season.
"It will be difficult to understand if we don't go through but it is the tightest tie of all," he said.
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