Manchester City striker David Silva feels a win against Barcelona at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday could herald the beginning of greater things to come.
Remarkably, City have not reached this stage of the Champions League before and knocking one of the pre-season favourites out of the tournament could do wonders for their confidence levels, not only in this year’s campaign but in future tournaments.
“It will be difficult, but beating Barcelona would be like a coming of age for Man City, very important for our confidence and international recognition,” Silva told the Manchester Evening News.
City are a somewhat depleted team ahead of the match against Barcelona this week. However, Silva still thinks they have the capacity to execute an upset.
“It is a pity that we are without Sergio Aguero and possibly Fernandinho, who is very important for us in midfield,” added Silva.
“Sometimes we get a bit broken in midfield, there is too much separation between lines when we go forward, and are susceptible to the counter attack,” explained the City striker.
The mind games have been rather intriguing ahead of this fixture with players referring to each of the teams as either favourites or the underdogs in the public domain. Silva also threw in his tuppence worth ahead of the mouth-watering clash.
“Barcelona are the favourites. They have the history, the experience, and the best player in the world in Leo Messi – but of course we have an opportunity.
“We believe in ourselves and in our football. The key is to keep up the pressure for 90 minutes, to avoid silly mistakes and take advantage of the chances. Against such a good team, you cannot miss them.”
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