This weekend form of Barcelona (FCB) and Manchester City (MCI) isn’t any reflection of how each team has fared this season. It has been an year since City lost both legs of Champions League Round of 16 2013-14 to Barca on an aggregate score of 4-1. In both those games, City ended up with 10 men on the pitch. But, even this year Barca seems the team having an edge ahead of City.
Barca boasts around 82% winning percentage in comparison to City’s 54% in all competitions this season. They have lost only 13% of games as compared to City’s 22%. In 55% of their games, Barca has kept a clean sheet, whereas City has kept a clean sheet in 27%. City scored an average of 2 goals per game as against Barca’s 2.9 goals per game.
All these statistics show that on an aggregate level, Barca has been playing much better than City this season. But with the wounds on last year double defeat and lack of Champions League success will motivate City to try to out perform Barca when both sides meet at the Etihad Stadium tomorrow on the first leg of Champions League round of 16.