This week finally sees the long overdue return of Europe’s top club competition, the Champions League. These are the weeks where we begin to find out the teams that have the necessary requirements to lift that coveted gong, and who ultimately will fall by the wayside.

Manchester City vs Barcelona is one of those mouthwatering ties, that could well be telling come the Final in May. Both sides have been tipped to make strong challenges for Europe’s top prize but only one can prevail, an eye-catching tie for the neutral no doubt.

It will very much be the old guard against the young ambitious adolescents, could City really turn over a team that has dominated the continent for so long?

We think they have a chance, and to prove it, here are the FIVE ways that City could spring a surprise over their Spanish opponents.

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Outmuscle them in the middle