‘Barca game great for football’

Manuel Pellegrini believes that Manchester City’s clash with Barcelona on Tuesday is ‘good for football’.

The Etihad outfit host the Blaugrana in the Last 16 of the Champions League, and the Coach has admitted that it is a thrilling encounter.

"Yes, of course, because it's two good teams coming together,” he told reporters.

“It's good for the fans, it's good for everyone. I love football, I love good matches.

“I don't have any fear about playing Barcelona, because this team has got to continue to develop the mentality to play against important, important teams, whether that's in the last 16, the quarter-final.

“I hope we see a very good match on Tuesday and I hope we can win at home.

"It's impossible to avoid Barcelona, Real Madrid or Bayern Munich if you want to continue in the Champions League. So in one moment you must play against them.

“We play them in the Last 16, so let's see what we can do.”

The Chilean tactician then commented on whether Fernandinho and Sergio Aguero will be fit to play.

“If there is any risk, they will not play. They have to be 100 per cent. We will talk to the doctor and see what happens. It's my opinion that [for] Agüero it is very difficult.

“Yes, it's a good chance to show how good we are.

“They have a lot of experience, they have a great team, they have the best player in the world, but I think also we are a good team with good players.”

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