Manchester City are setting themselves up for an intriguing big match clash in this season's Champions League battle as they face up Spanish giant Barcelona in the first leg of the knock out stage at Etihad Stadium this Tuesday, February 18. Recently grabbing an important victory over Chelsea in the FA Cup, Manuel Pellegrini's men are keen on snatching another positive result at home as that could open up their shot in advancing into the next stage.
Barcelona themselves are also seeking for something positive on their travel, knowing that they will be playing the second leg at home, Tata Martino's men might settle for just a draw. The Catalan side doesn't always have a positive record in away fixtures during this stage of the competition, but they will still keen on putting on strong performance this midweek as stealing a victory should made things much easier for them.
It was a disappointing match in the end for Man City as they found themselves going 2-0 down in that first leg battle, giving their qualification challenge under so much difficulties. The home side tried to play a more effective football by setting the counter attacking play, but they didn't press that good enough giving a bit of comfort for El Barca. The away side eventually getting themselves in front on 50 minutes through Lionel Messi's spot kick, which also resulted in a sending off for Martin Demichelis. Playing with a man down made things difficult for Manuel Pellegrini's team, despite their continuous attempts in getting an equalizing goal, it was Barca that netted the second one from Dani Alves' effort right in the 90th minute mark.