Observando a Imprensa

De Bruyne: We do not fear Barca

The dust has settled on the weekend’s Premier League action; now we look ahead to Wednesday night’s mouth-watering Champions League clash.

The world will be watching when City face Barcelona in one of the most-eagerly awaited encounters, as Pep Guardiola returns to the Nou Camp.

The Blues head into the game without a win in three, but the team are in high spirits.

Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero, Claudio Bravo and Nolito have all had their say, stating City can claim a first victory over the Spaniards, having lost four times against them in three seasons.

Quoted on ESPN’s website, De Bruyne insists his side will travel without fear.

"The trainer has his idea - we do not know exactly but it can be very good," KDB told press.

"We do not fear. The style of play is very dominant and we have not played badly [against Everton]. We just have not scored more, that's all."

Echoing his teammate’s sentiments, Bravo suggested the pressure will be on Barcelona. His comments appear in the Daily Star.

“Barcelona have to win at all costs,” he said. “They’re playing at home. We have to do our things well, with our weapons, and keep our rhythm going.

“We’re calm, we’re looking forward to playing an attractive, important game.

“I came from there, I did what I had to do as well as possible and I’m happy to return to a place that opened the doors of global football to me.

“Every team has a chance. They have important players, but we have to go there with the intention to do things well.”

Meanwhile, as Squawka report, Aguero believes City have unfinished business in the Champions League.

He declared: “We all want to win it. In the past we didn’t do well but last year was different and we must raise our game and give everything for our fans this year.

“We’ve made a good start - we want to continue. We just want to concentrate on ourselves in this competition.

“It’s normal that Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern are the favourites to reach the final but there’s no reason why City cannot be there.

“Winning the Champions League would mean everything to us. It would be a dream come true and total madness for everyone if we did it.”

Finally, Nolito has opened up, hailing Luis Enrique for helping him realise his true potential.

As Four Four Two explain: “Spain forward Nolito played under the stewardship of Luis Enrique at Barcelona B, before reuniting with the same man at Celta Vigo in 2013.

“Nolito rose to prominence with his performances at Celta and almost returned to Camp Nou to join Luis Enrique in January.

“However, he opted to stay put and once again linked up with Pep Guardiola, who he played under at Barca, at City in the close-season.

“And Nolito, who scored in City's 1-1 draw against Everton on his 30th birthday on Saturday, says Luis Enrique has been crucial for his career.”

Nolito revealed: "Luis Enrique appeared at a moment in my career where it was either take a step forward or a step back.

"I was at Barcelona B with him, then Celta. He bet very, very heavily on me and supported me. He made me see football differently, convincing me I could really make it.

"I [had] always played carrying extra kilos. He made me see that it was fundamental to lose weight, 10 kilos, to make the breakthrough.

"He was pesado [insistent], for my own good. It was hard, but there's been a massive change. Brutal.

"He was on at me every day; he's been fundamental for my career. The cakes, the bread, the Coke: it's all good but for my profession [it was not].

"I'd train then eat: train, eat, train, eat. I was a fish biting its own tail. Eventually, you realise an elite player has to be fino [slim]."

Nolito added he almost joined the Spanish giants.

"It was close with Barcelona but in the end I chose City," he continued.

"The last three years at Celta have been the best of my life but it was time to go, the right moment. I'd like to win something before my career is over and I think I can at City."