Barcelona's Andres Iniesta wants Manchester City 'to suffer' at Camp Nou
Iniesta may partner Xavi in Wednesday's match
Barcelona midfielder Andrés Iniesta wants Manchester City ‘to suffer’ in the Champions League round-of-16 second leg on Wednesday. The two teams are set to meet at the Camp Nou with Barca enjoying a 2-1 lead from the first leg at the Etihad.
Barcelona dominated the reigning English champions in the first half at Manchester and Iniesta is confident that Manuel Pellegrini’s side can be dominated again when the visit Camp Nou.
The Spanish international said, “We will have to go out there and play in a very comprehensive manner.”
“We need to have lots of possession so they suffer, so they are chasing the ball, we need to have a lot of skills and about minimising their potential. We have to control what is going on at every different moment – this is what we have to do.”
However, Iniesta also acknowledged the threat City can pose despite of their poor domestic form in recent weeks.
He said, “They’re very dangerous because of their players – in just one minute they can turn the result upside down so at all levels we need to concentrate, 200%. This is what we are going to do – we’re not going to make mistake of thinking the first result of 2-1 means there are going to be guarantees. We need to make them run.”
Iniesta will be vital for Luis Enrique’s side as the midfield maestro’s involvement in crucial to impose the current Barca philosophy onto the game. Iniesta took 112 touches in Barcelona’s midfield during the first leg at the Etihad, far more than James Milner who led the City numbers with 64.
Iniesta’s long time midfield partner may make an appearance on Wednesday with Sergio Busquets out injured.