Manchester City's Spanish manager Pep Guardiola addresses the media during a press conference at the City Football Academy in Manchester, northern England, on October 31, 2016, ahead of their UEFA Champions League group C football match against Barcelona on November 1.  / AFP / OLI SCARFF        (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)

By Guest Writer. LAST UPDATED November 1st, 2016

Barcelona look to heap Champions League pressure on Man City

City manager calls match a final


It’s 90 minutes of Champions League football that Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has called a final, but only for his team.

Manchester City Training Session and Press Conference

City have amassed just four points going into tonight’s crunch clash against the Spanish champions.

They were thumped 4-0 in Spain, leaving them one point ahead of Borussia Monchengladbach. Guardiola is expected to start Sergio Aguero as he looks to make up the points lost in the last two games.

Aguero watched on from the substitutes bench at the Nou Camp but after playing a starring role against West Brom in the Premier League on Saturday, the 28-year-old looks set to spearhead the Cityzen’s attack.

But it doesn’t bode well for the men from Manchester.

Not only have they lost all five of their previous games against Luis Enrique’s men, they’ve had a player sent off in four of those matches with keeper Claudio Bravo seeing red in the away leg of this fixture. Pablo Zabaleta, Bacary Sagna and Fabian Delph join him in missing out, but through injury.

Barcelona's Argentine player Lionel Messi (C) speaks with Luis Suarez during a training session at the Etihad stadium in Manchester, northern England on October 31, 2016 on the eve of their Champions league match against Manchester City.  / AFP / OLI SCARFF        (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)

Willy Caballero deputises for the former Barcelona shot stopper.

Barcelona do have injuries which might give City a glimmer of hope. Captain Andres Iniesta and defenders Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba and Aleix Vidal are all absent. Jeremy Mathieu does not make the trip to Manchester having been sent off in their first meeting.

As usual all eyes will be on the feared MSN strike force and Lionel Messi, in particular, heads to Manchester on fire, having bagged hat-tricks in the opening two games this season, both against British opposition.