Traditionally, The English teams are not doing great in Champions League although they spend so
much money in transfers every year. It is incredible that in our days, in order to broadcast an English
Premier League game in UK costs £10 million British pounds according the latest intelligence .
But, why so poor performance and results when it comes to European and International events?
In today's game, I will agree with the manager of Manchester City who says: ''This game will not be
the same as last year''. Man City will miss only Toure from the today's game and with almost full
squad, they look optimistic for this game. In terms of performance and 'character' they are a better
team than last year.
Barcelona in the other hand, they have almost a full squad and according to my latest intelligence,
they will play openly with attacking tactics as they always do. This team is always the great 'Barca'
which is capable of winning any team on this planet if they are in a good day.
Having said that, in my opinion that are not as good as before and I do not link it with the latest
defeat by Malaga. In general they are a bit weaker at the back than other years and Manchester City
can take advantage of it.
When it comes to this stage of Champions League and you are facing Barcelona, to 'seat back and
defend' is pointless and Mr Pelegrini learned that lesson well.
In general I think we will see an open game from both teams and I think the hosts will not lose
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