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Zubizarreta: Barcelona and Man City are two great teams

Barcelona director of football Andoni Zubizarreta believes his club will have a tough time trying to overcome Manchester City.

The Catalans face the Premier League champions for the second successive season, after Barcelona won the tie 4-1 on aggregate last season.

"It is the same draw we had a year ago, it was a very difficult game and we are going to look forward to it. Manchester City have an outstanding squad with a very good coach, a very good team and are very competitive," the former goalkeeper told Eurosport

"We know all about them. They have been playing at a very high level and it is going to be difficult. Two great teams with incredible players and anything can happen.


Hart set to sign new Man City contract

England goalkeeper Joe Hart wants to stay at Man City for the rest of his career. Credit: PA

England goalkeeper Joe Hart says he wants to stay at Manchester City for the rest of his career as he prepares to sign a new contract.

The 27-year-old has reportedly been in talks over a lucrative new five-year deal at the Etihad Stadium for several months.

City manager Manuel Pellegrini last week said he expected negotiations to be completed imminently and Hart has now revealed the contract is all but signed.

I love this place and I love everything about Manchester City.

I have been here for a long time. I feel like it is my club now and I want to be here as long as I can.

As far as I am aware it (the contract) is pretty much sorted. I leave it to the legal side to sort but I am very happy at this club and hopefully in the near future I will be signing that contract.

– Man City goalkeeper Joe Hart.

Manchester City Champions League permutations

It's not a straightforward for Manchester City in the Champions League, but they still have a great chance of progressing to the knockout stages.

The Premier League champions know a win in Rome will see them through, as long as CSKA Moscow don't defeat group winners Bayern Munich in Germany.

Vincent Kompany could return from injury for the game. Credit: PA

Alternatively, City could still advance by drawing in the Italian capital by a score of 2-2 or greater, as, if points are equal in the group, the standings are decided on head-to-head in the competition and City drew 1-1 with Roma in Manchester earlier on.

Even a CSKA draw in Munich could be enough, in addition to a 1-1 scoreline in Rome, as then City's goal difference will be greater.


Manchester City captain Kompany a doubt for Champions League clash

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is in a race against time to be fit for his side's crucial Champions League group game with Roma on Wednesday.

Manager Manuel Pellegrini said he did not yet know the extent of the injury, but that the Belgian will miss the team's two next league games.

Vincent Kompany limped out of the game against Southampton. Credit: PA

"It's very difficult because I cannot say without the opinion of the doctor how his injury will improve in the next days," Pellegrini admitted

"It depends what degree of muscle injury he has. It's very difficult to know in this moment if he can play against Rome.

"He is not able to play against Sunderland or against Everton, that's sure.

"We'll see if he arrives against Roma. That will depend on the opinion of the doctor."

Man City open new community bridge

City's Chief Executive Officer, Ferran Soriano, opened the bridge. Credit: Manchester City

Manchester City have officially opened a community bridge connecting the Etihad Stadium to the soon-to-be-opened City Football Academy.

The new bridge spans the length of two football pitches and will be fully open to the public from 6 am on Thursday 27th November.

It will provide a safe crossing point for both people walking through the neighbourhood and supporters on a match day.

Guardiola 'surprised' Man City only have two points

Guardiola's team are unbeaten this season. Credit: PA

Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola has confessed to being "surprised" by Man City's poor return of points in this season's Champions League.

Speaking to ITV Football's Gabriel Clarke ahead of tonight's clash at the Etihad, Guardiola said:

"I'm surprised they have two points, yeah, but the group is not easy. Roma is in the top in Italy and CSKA Moscow is always uncomfortable.

"There are five, six, seven teams who are focused to win the Champions League. I think Manchester City is one of them.

"They have quality, but they don't have the history and sometimes these little details, like the t-shirt, makes the difference."

Nasri: We're fighting for our Man City careers

Nasri knows City's players are fighting for their futures. Credit: PA

Samir Nasri accepts he and his Manchester City team-mates must start to deliver in the Champions League - or face the axe.

City will be eliminated from the Champions League group stage for a third time in four attempts tonight unless they beat Bayern Munich, who are unbeaten this season.

The Frenchman, 27, told several national newspapers: "Sometimes people say our team is a little bit old, that's what I read.

"A midfield player is in his prime at 27-31, 28-32, so I think it's the perfect age.

"And let's be honest, we need to do something or otherwise next year it is going to be new players.

"That's how we work when you play for a big team, a big club. You have to respond and show everyone you deserve to qualify.

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