Manchester City is hosting Barcelona as the round of 16 in the UEFA Champions League tournament begins. Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini knows it will be difficult to contain Barcelona super star Lionel Messi.
“Without doubt it is very difficult (to stop) Messi because he is a top player of the world,” Pellegrini said, via ESPN FC. “He does a lot of different things. He has speed, good control, a good finish.
“He is a good player but I don’t think Barcelona is Messi. You can have Messi tight and other players will decide the game. It is important to play as a team defending and attacking.”
It also is a big game City as they advance past the group stage for the first time in three tries.
“It is a good test, it is important. I don’t think it is the most important thing because we are just in the round of 16.
“We can beat Barcelona and maybe in the next round you can have a defeat. This club is trying to develop in all areas and so far we have a good season, but we must finish that way.
“One of our targets is to try to continue in the Champions League knowing we play against the most important club in the world.”
Here is all the info you need to watch the big game:
Date: Tuesday, February 18
Start Time: 2:45 p.m. ET
Location: Manchester, England
Stadium: Etihad Stadium
TV Info: FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes
Radio Info: Sirius XM FC, ESPN Deportes Radio
Live Stream: FOX Soccer 2Go
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