Navas: Manchester City full of confidence ahead of Barcelona tie

The Spain international feels the Liga giants are not the team of four years ago but urged focus from his team-mates ahead of their first ever Champions League last-16 clash
Jesus Navas has warned Barcelona that Manchester City are "full of confidence" ahead of their Champions League last-16 tie on Tuesday.

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Manuel Pellegrini's side head into the clash having knocked Chelsea out of the FA Cup but the winger is keen not to underestimate the Spanish champions.

"I reckon they won't be happy having to come here," Navas told The Guardian. "They will find we are a really difficult team to play against and to beat. We are playing very well, creating chances scoring a lot of goals.

"We are full of confidence. The one thing we must do is play with high pressure and high tempo because they have some top-quality players.

"Maybe they don't play as well as three or four years ago, but that is normal - the rivals study the way you play and find a tactic to counteract your strengths. The cycles in football don't last forever.

"It is very, very difficult to keep playing with that kind of style year in and year out. But, that said, they are top of La Liga and they are in the final of the Copa del Rey. It is always difficult to face Barcelona, they always have top-quality players.

"We have been training hard and hopefully by preparing for this match well we can go through to the next round."

Navas admits City's 3-1 defeat to holders Bayern Munich earlier in the season has not been forgotten but is confident his side can register a positive result against Barcelona at the Etihad Stadium.

"That wasn't one of our best performances," he added. "They scored very early on and that made things very difficult for us.

"Although you have to bear in mind that in Munich [in the return match] we played very well after going behind and won [3-2] playing our own style of football. So I am confident we can beat Barcelona at home.

"The reality is that type of game has served us really well this season. It is a style that we particularly enjoy but it will be difficult to impose it on Barcelona because they also want a lot of the ball and it will be very intense on our side.

"Even the best teams have their weaknesses, and Barcelona struggle in set pieces and counterattacks, when they lose the ball in attacking positions.

"The tie will not be decided on Tuesday, but in Barcelona [in the second leg]. It is 180 minutes. We have to put pressure on them, maintain the concentration at all times and take the chances."