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Barcelona Predicted Line-Up for Champions League Fixture With Manchester City

The Catalans come to the Etihad Stadium for the first time.

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For the first time in history Manchester City and Barcelona go head-to-head in a competitive match, as the two sides face each other in the last-16 of the Champions League.

It’s a huge fixture in the competition, which many are billing as the tie of the round and it’s difficult to predict the outcome.

Here’s how CaughtOffside thinks Barca will line-up against the Citizens, as Gerardo Martino welcomes back some key players.

Goalkeeper – Victor Valdes

With the Spaniard fit there’s not dispute that the 32-year-old will start between the sticks.

Right-back – Dani Alves

Perhaps the best attacking full-back in world football, although the Brazilian can be suspect in defence and David Silva should look to exploit this.

Centre-back – Carles Puyol

With question marks over Javier Mascherano’s form and fitness, the Catalans’ veteran captain should get the nod to start at the back.

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Centre-back – Gerard Pique

The most important player in Martino’s back four, with the Spain international providing some much needed leadership and talent in what is often a leaky defence.

Left-back – Adriano

Having impressed in recent times on the left side the Brazilian is likely to keep his place ahead of Jordi Alba – particularly away from home due to the 29-year-old’s superior defensive nous.

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