Man City captain claims Stoke City harder to play against than La Liga giants

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany plays down their Champions League clash with Barcelona, as he reveals Stoke City are even tougher opponents, according to reports from the Daily Star.

His team will face the La Liga giants tomorrow in the Champions League round-of-16, and will be looking to avoid a similar outcome which saw them get knocked out at the same stage in their previous campaign.

Despite going up against the likes of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, and Neymar, Kompany admitted that his team isn’t scared and added that playing Stoke City could sometimes even be more difficult.

“They’re a special team with special players, of course. But I think their ability is not about hurting you all game – you can have tougher games when you go to Stoke City,” he said.

The Belgium international believes his team has all the qualities to knock out Barca and win the entire tournament, as they will be on a high after thrashing Newcastle United 5-0 in their recent Premier League fixture during the weekend.

However, despite their strong presence in England, they haven’t been at their best playing in Europe, only qualifying for the knock-out stages courtesy of a late result.

“We’ve been showing signs of improvement in the last few weeks and that’s the way we have to carry on now. Everyone is focussed again.

“I think everyone is ready for it. Our team has been proving our determination in recent years.”

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