Champions League

Iniesta: Barcelona wary of Man City

FOX Soccer Daily: Arsenal, Man City face tough Champions League draw
FOX Soccer Daily: Arsenal, Man City face tough Champions League draw
Share This Story

   
 

OUR SWEET 16

Heavyweights always dictate the Champion League. Here are the players to watch.

Barcelona playmaker Andres Iniesta says that his side must be at their best in order to see off Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League.

The two teams meet competitively for the first time in history as they face each other in the last 16 of the tournament, with the Etihad Stadium set to host the first-leg of the tie on Feb. 18.

It will also be the first time that City have competed in the knockout stages of the competition, but Iniesta acknowledges that Barcelona will be posed with a stern test as they look to reach the quarter-finals.

"We know Manchester City and they are powerful, especially this season," he told the Spanish media. To defeat the English, it is necessary that we are at our best."

Iniesta added: "We have two hard matches. The danger against City is not only the physical power of English clubs but also the good touchline team with Pellegrini on the bench. But we respect the rivals and we are prepared to fight."

Speaking of Barcelona's current campaign, Iniesta says that there is a buoyant mood in the camp with ambitions to take a clean sweep of the silverware available this season.

"Barca arrive in 2014 with a positive atmosphere," he said. "Now our objective is to follow this line that we maintained in 2013. Our aspiration is to obtain all the titles. This is our ambition. Barcelona want a perfect year and it is significant to win."

Member Comments

Please note by clicking on "Post comment" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Use and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be Polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator.

powered by

SOCCER Videos

Alfredo Di Stefano 1926-2014 Posted: Jul 08, 2014
Mario Melchiot reacts to the passing of Real Madrid legend Alfredo Di Stefano an...

Recap of Real Madrid's tenth Champions League title Posted: Jul 08, 2014
The FOX Soccer crew breaks down everything from the UEFA Champions League Final ...

Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid UEFA Champions League Final Highlights 05/24/14 Posted: May 24, 2014
Relive all of the action between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid in the 2014 UEF...

Real Madrid lifts Champions League trophy Posted: May 24, 2014
Watch Real Madrid lift the 2014 UEFA Champions League trophy.

Ronaldo goal seals Real Madrid’s Champions League title Posted: May 24, 2014
Check out the Cristiano Ronaldo goal that sealed Real Madrid's 4-1 victory again...

More than Sports on MSN