Luis Enrique says Barça could have scored many more

Luis Enrique gives instructions to his players during Barça's 1–0 win over Manchester City. / MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
The Barça coach lauds City keeper Joe Hart, says squad struggled a bit near the end

Luis Enrique talked after the game about reaching the quarter-finals of the Champions League. Here are the highlights of what he said:

On the final score:

“The score could have been a rout. Hart was incredible but we weren’t really on towards the end.”

“We had a lot of chances, which is not normal in this type of game.”

“We deserved to win by a bigger goal difference.”

About the game against Manchester City:

“It was a special night, very positive for the team and for the fans.”

“We achieved our objective, which was to win the game and move into the next round.”

“When a team like City are down and decide to take risks, and have just three back on defence against a team like ours, we have to close out the game.”

“Everything would have been much tougher if Ter Stegen had not stopped the penalty kick.”

“I applaud all the players who played and all those who didn’t. It is a day that Barça fans should celebrate.”

The Clásico:

“I feel like we’re in good form and in as good a position as we can be, which is in first place.”

FC Barcelona v Manchester City: Cruising into quarter-finals (1-0)

Rakitic celebrates after scoring in the first half. / GERMÁN PARGA-FCB
Catalans get lone first-half goal from Ivan Rakitic, reach Champions League last eight

Ter Stegen stops Agüero’s second-half penalty kick to preserve win

FC Barcelona rode a solitary score from the foot of midfielder Ivan Rakitic to top Manchester City 1–0 on a crisp evening at Camp Nou, capping a 3–1 aggregate result and putting the Catalans through to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League. Barça goalkeeper Marc-André Ter Stegen made a diving stop on a late Kun Agüero penalty kick to preserve the victory.

Barça’s next opponent will be determined in the quarter-final draw, set for Friday in Nyon, Switzerland.

Messi in top form

Leo Messi, despite being kept off the score sheet, was at or near his best. The Argentinian put on a true show of his technical prowess, wowing the crowd by dribbling around, and through, defenders all night long, while coming very close to scoring on several occasions. His front-line cohorts, Neymar and Luis Suárez, also enjoyed multiple opportunities, but Citizen goalkeeper Joe Hart was spectacular between the posts.

Rakitic finds net

Despite Barça’s attacking firepower, it was Rakitic who broke the ice at the half-hour mark. Jordi Alba started the play by carrying the ball from deep in Barça territory out to midfield, where he found Messi lurking near the sideline.

The Argentinian crossed into City territory and glided towards the penalty area before lofting a long cross to Rakitic on the far side. Rakitic corralled the ball with his chest and effortlessly lifted it over a charging Hart and into the net.

Manchester City played at the limit of aggressivity throughout the encounter, drawing four first-half yellow cards and frequently tackling from behind while attempting to keep Barça from controlling the flow of the game.

Late chance

After the break, City began to settle in and were more at ease moving into Barça’s end. Knowing they had to score, the visitors became more vulnerable to counterattacks, which Barça’s forwards exploit without mercy. On 65 minutes Neymar and Messi had a two-on-one, but the sequence ended with Hart thwarting Messi at point-blank range.

Time was running out for City, but their persistence paid off in the 77th when Barça defender Gerard Piqué was whistled for taking down Agüero in the penalty area. With a chance to tie the game from the spot, Agüero fired to Ter Stegen’s right. The Catalan keeper guessed correctly and knocked the ball away.

FC Barcelona – Manchester City: Cruising into quarter-final (1-0)

Rakitic celebra l'1-0 / GERMÁN PARGA-FCB
Catalans get lone first-half goal from Ivan Rakitic, reach Champions League last eight

Ter Stegen stops Agüero’s second-half penalty kick to preserve win

FC Barcelona rode a solitary score from the foot of midfielder Ivan Rakitic to beat Manchester City 1–0 on a crisp evening at Camp Nou. Marc André Ter Stegen made a diving stop on a Kun Agüero penalty kick late in the game to preserve the victory.

The win caps a 3–1 aggregate, knocking the Citizens out of the tournament for the second straight year, and puts the Catalans through to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League. Barça’s next opponent will be determined in the quarter-final draw, set for Friday in Nyon, Switzerland.

Leo Messi, despite being kept off the score sheet, was at or near his best. The Argentinian put on a true show of his technical prowess, dribbling around, and through, defenders all night long, and coming very close to scoring on several occasions. His front-line cohorts, Neymar and Luis Suárez, also had great opportunities, but Citizen goalkeeper Joe Hart was spectacular between the posts.

Nevertheless, after an early Neymar shot hit the post and Hart made a sublime stop on Messi, it was Rakitic who broke the ice at the half-hour mark. Jordi Alba carried the ball from deep in Barça territory out to midfield, where he found Messi lurking near the sideline.

The Argentinian crossed into City territory and glided towards the penalty area before lofting a long cross to Rakitic on the far side. Rakitic corralled the ball with his chest and lifted it over a charging Hart and into the net.

Manchester City played at the limit of aggressivity throughout the encounter, drawing four first-half yellow cards and frequently tackling from behind while attempting to keep Barça from controlling the flow of the game.

After the break, City began to settle in and were more at ease moving into Barça’s end. Knowing they had to score, the visitors became more vulnerable to counterattacks, which Barça’s forwards looked to exploit. On 65 minutes Neymar and Messi had a two-on-one, which ended with Hart thwarting Messi at point-blank range.

Time was running out for City, but their persistence paid off in the 77th, when Barça defender Gerard Piqué was whistled for a foul on Agüero in the penalty area. But with a chance to tie the game, Ter Stegen dove right and knocked the ball away.

FC Barcelona name 18 to host Manchester City

Leo Messi trains during Tuesday's session. / MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
Left out are Masip, Montoya and Douglas along with the injured Vermaelen and Busquets

Luis Enrique has called up 18 players for tonight’s Champions League game against Manchester City, with Masip, Montoya and Douglas missing out, alongside the injured Vermaelen and Sergio Busquets.

The full squad for the game is:  Ter Stegen, Bravo, Alves, Piqué, Bartra, Alba, Mathieu, Mascherano, Adriano, Iniesta, Sergi Roberto, Xavi, Rakitic, Rafinha, Pedro, Neymar Jr, Messi and Suárez.

Match Preview: FC Barcelona v Manchester City

FC Barcelona v Manchester City
Barça have the advantage from the first leg and will be looking to secure their place in the quarter-finals for the eight successive season

Barça knocked out Manchester City at this stage of the Champions League last season and will be looking to repeat the feat on Wednesday at Camp Nou after the 2-1 win at the Etihad Stadium last month in the first leg.

Team news

Luis Enrique’s squad held their final training session at the Ciutat Esportiva before the second leg clash with Manchester City on Tuesday. Martin Montoya trained with the rest of the squad despite fracturing a cheekbone at the weekend in the team’s 2-0 win away in the league at Eibar. The full back is likely to be included in a squad that will be named by the coaching staff on the morning of the game. One who will not be included in the squad is Sergio Busquets as the influential midfielder was ruled out by Luis Enrique in his pre-game press conference on Tuesday. The ankle injury sustained in the second leg of the Spanish Cup semi-final victory over Villarreal means that Busquets and the recovering Thomas Vermaelen should be the only absentees from the squad to face Manchester City due to injury.

Manuel Pellegrini welcomes back former Barça midfielder Touré Yaya to his squad after suspension. The Ivory Coast international completed the last of his three game ban in the first leg and so will be available to face his former team mates on Wednesday at Camp Nou. However, French full back Gael Clichy is suspended following his red card in Manchester City’s 2-1 defeat last month at the Etihad Stadium.

Coaches’ viewpoint

Barça coach Luis Enrique appeared before the press on Tuesday at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper preaching caution despite his side’s lead from the first leg; “We’re playing against one of the favourites to win this competition. We’re only 50% through the round and you only have to look at their players to see how much potential they have.” Furthermore, the blaugrana boss dismissed claims that his side may be distracted by the upcoming Clásico against Real Madrid at the weekend; “There is only one game for us and that’s the one tomorrow. Nothing else matters to me right now”.

Manchester City coach Manuel Pellegrini in his press conference on Tuesday at the team’s hotel in Barcelona was adamant that his side still had high hopes of making it to the quarter-finals of this season’s Champions League: “We have to repeat the good minutes that we had in the three games against them. If we can then we have a chance.”

Form guide

A run of 16 victories from their last 17 matches has seen the blaugranes reach the Spanish Cup final and reclaim top spot in La Liga. The 6-1 victory over Rayo Vallecano in week 26 of the league, coupled with Real Madrid’s defeat in San Mamés against Athletic Bilbao, allowed Luis Enrique’s team to lead the league for the first time since 1 November of last year. A 2-0 win at the weekend away at Eibar on their first ever visit to the newly promoted Basque club means that remain a point clear of rivals Real Madrid in the Primera División.

Manchester City have struggled so far in 2015 – Pellegrini’s team have won just three of their last 11 matches in which time they have been dumped out of the FA Cup by Second Division Middlesbrough and slip to second place in the Premier League, six pòints behind leaders Chelsea with Jose Mourinho’s team also having a game in hand. The current Premier League champions have lost two of their last three matches, most recently succumbing 1-0 away at relegation threatened Burnley.

Ones to watch

Luis Suárez is coming into form just at the right time for Barça this season. The Uruguayan has scored six goals in his last five matches in all competitions for the blaugranes. Leo Messi scored his 32nd hat trick in Spanish Football in the win over Rayo Vallecano in the league, taking him past the previous record held by Telmo Zarra. It was also his 24th in the Spanish League, edging him ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo on the all time list for La Liga.

Touré Yaya returns for the second leg for Manchester City after missing the 2-1 defeat in the Etihad through suspension. The Ivory Coast international helped his country to their recent triumph in the African Cup of Nations. The midfielder featured in every game in the tournament and in his absence Manchester City claimed just one victory, against Stoke in the league, underlining his importance for Pellegrini’s team. Touré Yaya spent three seasons as a blaugrana between 2007-10, winning two league titles and the Champions League title in 2009, beating his current club’s city rivals Manchester United in the final in Rome.

History

The clubs have met just three times in official competition, facing each other in the last 16 of the Champions League in 2013/14 and in the first leg of this season’s last clash. Barça have recorded wins in each of those games and at home to English clubs they have only lost twice in 29 encounters. The blaugranes have made it through 33 times out of 35 after winning the first leg in European competition and have lost just one of their last 30 home games in the Champions League.

Manchester City have won four of their last seven away game in the Champions League, most recently winning 2-0 away at AS Roma in the last match of the group stage to book their place in the last 16. However, the English side have won just once in their six previous visits to Spain in European competition. That win came against Villarreal in the group stage in 2011/12 with Touré Yaya scoring twice in a 3-0 win in El Madrigal.

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