Man City do not fear Barcelona, says Vincent Kompany

Manchester City are not scared of Champions League last-16 opponents Barcelona, says captain Vincent Kompany.

The La Liga side beat Manuel Pellegrini’s team 4-1 on aggregate at the same stage last season.

The first leg takes place at Etihad Stadium on Tuesday, before the return at the Nou Camp on 18 March.

“We want to play against them. You don’t go in at this level fearing strikers,” said the Belgium defender.

“They’re a special team with special players, but there’s nothing new to worry us, it’s a case of having the whole team at a very high level.”

Both teams are second in their respective domestic leagues, with City five points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea and Barcelona four points below Real Madrid.

They had contrasting fortunes at the weekend, with the English champions winning 5-0 against Newcastle, while Barcelona lost 1-0 at home to Malaga.

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