BARCELONA (Sporting Alert) — Sergio Aguero leads the attack for Manchester City in tonight’s Champions League 2nd leg last-16 clash against Barcelona at Camp Nou.

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Aguero, who missed the first leg, which Barcelona won 2-0, will be hoping to help the English Premier League side bounce back from the stunning FA Cup defeat to Wigan over the weekend.

Also starting tonight is James Milner, while Joleon Lescott comes in at the back for Martin Demichelis, who is out suspended after he was sent off in the first leg.

Samir Nasri starts over Jesus Navas, while Alvaro Negredo is on the bench.

Barcelona, in the meantime, made just one change from the team which came away victorious in Manchester three weeks, with Brazilian star forward Neymar replacing Alexis Sanchez and joining Lionel Messi, with Pedro on the bench.

Andrés Iniesta, Xavi Hernández, Sergio Busquets and Cesc Fabregas all start in midfield.

Barcelona will be hoping to keep the pressure on the EPL side, but head coach Gerardo Martino is expecting a very tough game.

“We have to think that ten or 12 days ago, we played a very good match against Manchester City,” he said. “I don’t see why we can’t do the same again and I’m sure we will play well.”

Manchester City: Hart, Kompany, Zabaleta, Lescott, Kolarov, Milner, Nasri, Silva, Fernandinho, Y. Touré, Agüero. Subs: Pantilimon, Clichy, Boyata, Javi García, Jesús Navas, Negredo, Džeko.
Barcelona: Víctor Valdés, Piqué, Mascherano, Jordi Alba, Daniel Alves, Fàbregas, Xavi Hernández, Iniesta, Busquets, Messi, Neymar. Subs: Pinto, Bartra, Adriano, Song, Sergi Roberto, Pedro Rodríguez, Alexis Sánchez.


Walter Hoyos joins SportingAlert as contributor for Spanish football and the Spain national team. I like to travel, one of the favourite things on my list, but I also like to just spend time with family and friends when I am not covering football games. Hope to dump into some of my readers some day.

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