Barcelona’s Gerard Pique has played down Manchester City’s chances of winning the Champions League ahead of his team’s clash with the current Premier League champions, according to reports from the Daily Star.
The two clubs will go head-to-head in the first leg of the last 16, with the La Liga giants playing the first game at the Etihad.
Despite being crowned English champions two out of their last three campaigns, Manuel Pellegrini’s men have continued to struggle in Europe, never making it into the quarter finals of the tournament.
Pique revealed that although City are a strong force this year and will one day become champions of Europe, it’s something they may need to wait for.
“They have a lot of quality players, in years to come they will be fighting for this title, but not this year,” he said.
“I had the pleasure of playing in this city for three years. The fans are magnificent, I was fortunate to play at a club that was one of the best in the world.”
Barca were responsible for knocking City out in the previous campaign, when the pair met in this stage with the La Liga side winning 4-1 on aggregate.