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Chelsea legend backs Man City for European glory

Frank Lampard believes Man City should be a little disappointed with their Champions League performances in recent years, but he's backed the "forward thinking" club for European glory sooner rather than later.

Lampard has backed City to get past Barcelona this year. Credit: PA

Lampard made the controversial loan move to Man City from New York earlier this season after leaving Chelsea last summer when he wasn't offered a new contract.

The former England international is now ready to help City achieve their own Champions League dreams having lifted the trophy with Chelsea in 2012.

I think maybe Man City would be disappointed in recent years where they have got to the Champions League but for me it is coming, it’s a club that is forward thinking so I think that in England we should be proud that we have got teams that are always getting to these later stages of the Champions League and I think that Manchester City can.

I can feel it in the club and we are certainly aware about what a big game it is that it’s a situation where we want to take it on and we want to show that you can get past Barcelona and try and advance all the way to the final.

– Man City midfielder Frank Lampard

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Photos: Man City prepare for Barcelona clash

Wilfried Bony could get his first taste of Champions League football with Manchester City on Tuesday night. Credit: PA

Manchester City underwent their final training session on Monday at the Etihad Campus ahead of facing Barcelona.

January signing Wilfried Bony was took part after making his debut against Newcastle United on Saturday.

Samir Nasri could be key after Saturday's performance. Credit: PA

Former Liverpool man Suarez knows Man City weakness

Luis Suarez will aim to exploit what he considers a vulnerable Man City defence when he returns to England for the first time as a Barcelona player.

Suarez is eager to impress against Man City. Credit: Reuters

The former Liverpool striker, who moved on to the Nou Camp last summer, has not scored so freely in Spanish football as he did in the Premier League.

But he is relishing a crack on Tuesday night at unlocking Champions League rivals City's backline, picking it out as the soft spot in Manuel Pellegrini's team.

He said ahead of the Etihad Stadium last-16 tussle that City have quality "in midfield and up front, but they also have weakness at the back".

I think when you play against the big teams you never know what they're doing on the pitch.

They have really good players and really good quality with the ball but we are Barcelona and we know what we can do against City.

– Barcelona forward Luis Suarez

Watch Man City v Barcelona live on ITV on Tuesday from 7.30pm


Martin Demichelis set for Man City contract extension

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini expects defender Martin Demichelis to sign a new contract with the club.

The 34 year-old is out of contract in the summer, but will sign a new deal. Credit: PA

Demichelis, who joined City in the opening weeks of last season, has overcome a difficult start at the Etihad Stadium to establish himself as a key member of the champions' rearguard.

The 34-year-old Argentinian is out of contract at the end of the campaign but Pellegrini, who has worked with the player at two previous clubs, is keen for him to stay.

Team news: Man City midfielder a doubt for Barcelona

James Milner is out. Credit: PA

Manchester City midfielder James Milner will be absent for the vist of Newcastle.

The England international has taken a kick on a ligament and will be assessed prior to Tuesday's Champions League encounter with Barcelona.

New signing Wilfried Bony, the £25million striker, could make his debut while midfielder Yaya Toure is also available after the African Nations Cup. Top scorer Sergio Aguero is fit after a slight back issue at Stoke last week.

Provisional squad: Hart, Caballero, Zabaleta, Sagna, Demichelis, Kompany, Mangala, Boyata, Kolarov, Clichy, Navas, Silva, Nasri, Toure, Fernando, Fernandinho, Lampard, Aguero, Jovetic, Bony, Dzeko.

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