Ace says Man City will fight fire with fire against Spaniards

Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo is confident that Manuel Pellegrini will stick to his attacking guns in the Champions League last 16, reports the Manchester Evening News.

The Citizens face Barcelona in what is the tie of the round, but the Spaniard says City won’t change their gameplan whoever the opposition is.

“I do not think the coach will change the system against Barca,” Negredo said.

“In all of our matches, apart from when we played Bayern on their own pitch, he [Pellegrini] has played with two strikers. We want to win, and score goals to take with us to the Camp Nou where it will be more difficult.”

The player also revealed that his side are not at all daunted by the task at hand, and were rather happy to draw the Catalans, adding that he would rather draw Barca than their bitter rivals Real Madrid.

“We were happy when the tie came out. Actually, we would now choose Barcelona ahead of Madrid.”

“Looking at the history, for the numbers of titles they have, Barcelona is the favourite. It is true that now they are not as good as in previous years but Barca are always Barca and you have to be very careful with them.

“We must have the courage to face them.“We have a good squad, quality and anything can happen if we do things right.”

Negredo also conceded that Chelsea were the better team in their Premier League clash last Monday, and hopes to fully recover from the shoulder problem than hindered him against the Blues.

“It was not 100 per cent,” he admitted. “I tried to give my best, but now I have to recover and pick up the pace.

“We have to work and forget this game. I think it was not our best game, but it is best to forget it as soon as possible.”

“Chelsea were good, more effective and in the end that’s what is most important.”

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