City draw excites Martino

Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino is looking forward to facing Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League.

Last Updated: 16/12/13 at 16:37 Post Comment

Gerardo Martino: Plans on taking a positive approach against Manchester City

Gerardo Martino: Plans on taking a positive approach against Manchester City

Two European heavyweights have been drawn together in the last 16 of continental football's premier club competition.

City have paid the price for finishing as runners-up in their group, with there always the threat that they would land one of the favourites.

Blues boss Manuel Pellegrini has attempted to put a positive slant on things by claiming that his side have nothing to fear.

The Chilean said: "I think Barcelona will be very concerned that they have drawn us. They are not the team of two years ago."

Martino, though, believes City will be fearful of a two-legged tie with the Catalan giants, with Barcelona's recent record in Europe the envy of many of their rivals.

He said: "There were six outcomes and we drew Manchester City.

"You've got to play whoever you get but they will not want to play against Barcelona. They are important opponents with very good players, but we will go there to win.

"The most important thing is to arrive at their stadium in good shape and play well."

Martino also claims that he is looking forward to pitting his wits against fellow South American, and former Real Madrid, Villarreal and Malaga coach, Pellegrini.

The Argentine added: "It will be very interesting to have a game against a Pellegrini side as I think he is one of the best coaches in the world."

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worry about these types of conclusions on a teams brilliance when it was very clear that Argentina had 4 chances where they really should have scored and on chances alone then it would have been the more pragmatic Argentinians who would be the best in the world. I like the Germany team but this just shows that even with planning it relies on a great deal of luck and finding your opponents at just the right time.

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e all know the British public don't have the patience to plan for 14 years. No chance. As soon as our young players don't win the world cup they get harrassed and abused to the point of mental breakdown. No, England likes to react to failure by sacking the manager and tearing up their best laid plans in favour of something shiny and new to keep the knee jerkers happy.

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lad Messi was player of the tournament, there was no-one more deserving. Except Robben. And James Rodriguez. Or Muller and half the Germany team etc etc

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