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martes, 1 de noviembre de 2016

Pep Guardiola puts Manchester City through their paces ahead of Barcelona showdown


  • Manchester City host Barcelona in the Champions League on Tuesday
  • Pep Guardiola's side were thrashed 4-0 at the Nou Camp a fortnight ago

  • Manchester City were in high spirits on Monday as they prepared for the visit of Barcelona in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
With just four points from their opening three European fixtures, Pep Guardiola will be desperate for victory over his old club at the Etihad Stadium.
But the Premier League leaders looked ready for the challenge as they prepared to lock horns with the Spanish champions, despite the 4-0 hammering they received at the Nou Camp barely a fortnight ago.
Sergio Aguero and Nicolas Otamendi share a joke as Manchester City trained on Monday
Sergio Aguero and Nicolas Otamendi share a joke as Manchester City trained on Monday
John Stones, Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne were in high spirits in training
John Stones, Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne were in high spirits in training
Pep Guardiola talks tactics with his backroom staff ahead of the visit of Barcelona
Pep Guardiola talks tactics with his backroom staff ahead of the visit of Barcelona
Claudio Bravo was sent off as a Lionel Messi hat trick and a late strike from Neymar sunk Guardiola upon his return to his old stomping ground in Catalonia.
After opening their European campaign with an easy 4-0 win over Borussia Monchengladbach in September, City have struggled to assert themselves on Group C.
Jesus Navas slides in for a challenge as Sergio Aguero watches on during training
Jesus Navas slides in for a challenge as Sergio Aguero watches on during training
Manchester City coach Mikel Arteta got in the swing of things at the club's training ground
Manchester City coach Mikel Arteta got in the swing of things at the club's training ground
Willy Caballero is set to start in goal for City due to to Claudio Bravo's suspension
Willy Caballero is set to start in goal for City due to to Claudio Bravo's suspension
'Every manager has his plan to try and beat Barcelona', he said in a press-conference on Monday.
'They know us and we know them.
'Football is unpredictable. But for us this is a cup final and we have to play in that way.'
He added: 'It is always difficult to play against them when it is 11 v 11.
'If it is 10 v 11 then it's almost impossible.
'Sometimes it has been unfair but sometimes it's our mistake.'
Pablo Zabaleta sees the funny side of things ahead of Tuesday's Barcelona clash
Pablo Zabaleta sees the funny side of things ahead of Tuesday's Barcelona clash
The Premier League leaders have taken only four points from their opening three games
The Premier League leaders have taken only four points from their opening three games


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