Manchester City and Barcelona are playing live online for the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg and the match comes from the Etihad Stadium and will be streaming live from the Fox Soccer 2Go website and comes as Bayer Leverkusen and Paris Saint-Germain kick off action at 2:45 pm ET after the tournament finished group play at the end of last year.
Man City comes into the match after a win against Chelsea at the Etihad and the team is coming into a streak of three games at home in four fixtures, as the match on Tuesday is at home before a Premier League match against Stoke City and after the team plays Sunderland in the Capital One Cup finals at Wembley, they will return for Aston Villa on the EPL schedule. The second leg in the Champions League comes after that and will be in Spain at Estadio Camp Nou and heading down the Premier League schedule the team has tough matchups with Liverpool as well as Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Man City is hoping for some reinforcement from Fernandinho after he has missed time and that would be a nice boost with Sergio Aguero still out for the club and now he is expected to miss the Capital One Cup finals against Sunderland as well. Aguero was hoping to get back into action before the match and he is the leading scorer for the team in the competition and he hopes to return for the second leg. Barca had their star injured for a lengthy period of time, but Messi only missed some La Liga matches and that was about it over the winter break and that gave him enough time to get healthy for this set. Samir Nasri and Xavi are tops on their respective teams in assists and on Tuesday it should be a tough matchup at the Etihad.
Barcelona comes in playing very well once again and they are through in the Copa Del Rey and have a matchup this year with Real Madrid and that is one to look forward to later down the schedule. The team will have the advantage of taking the second leg at home and that will be on March 12. The other matchup on Tuesday has Bayer Leverkusen taking on Paris Saint-Germain at BayArena and that comes before AC Milan plays against Atletico Madrid at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, while Arsenal is hosting Bayern Munich at the Emirates and that is a tough matchup, as the German champions won the title last year. The matches pick up again next week on Tuesday February 25 and the following day and teams like Manchester United, Chelsea and Real Madrid are in action.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho threw his opinion into the ring when he said that Manchester City has a real chance to win against Barcelona, as they have a weak team compared to past years and the way the Premier League has played out, Manchester City comes in with some momentum. The club is in the top part of the EPL standings behind Chelsea and Arsenal and they have a lead over Liverpool heading into the weekend set of matches and they have a chance to start off with some aggressive play against Barcelona.